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A series of invited authors, film makers, and other expressive artists who lecture on their art and the experiences creating their art.

Friday, April 25
Michael McGarrity

author of acclaimed Kevin Kerney crime-suspense novels.
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Friday, April 11
Lecture Noon; Workshop 1:30

Seeing tourism as a public good, valued as a public responsibility, and practiced as a public art . . .
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WILL, the Mimbres Region Arts Council and the WNMU Expressive Arts Department continue with their successful Artist Lecture Series.

Get to know some of America's finest artists - learn about an artist's motivations, techniques and history while being genuinely entertained. The series offers a range of accomplished individuals. Light refreshments will be served.

Location: WNMU Parotti Hall
FREE and Open to the Public [ Get a printable map PDF ]

Gary Trousdale
Storyboard Artist/Director

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 6:30pm
WNMU Parotti Hall
Gary Trousdale, Storyboard Artist/Director gained prominence in his field with the success of his animated film directorial debut Beauty and the Beast, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and won a LAFCA Award. Beauty and the Beast is often considered one of the greatest artistic successes of the Disney Renaissance. He later directed other features such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 1996 and Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Leaving Disney after Atlantis: the Lost Empire (released by Disney in 2001), Gary moved to DreamWorks Animation where he has written, directed, and storyboarded ever since.

"The Writer as an Artist in a World Obsessed with Categories"
   Michael McGarrity, Author
Friday, April 25, 2014, Refreshments at 5:00pm, Presentation at 5:30pm
WNMU Global Resource Center, 12th Street and Kentucky
- Free and Open to the Public
Michael McGarrity, author of the acclaimed Kevin Kerney crime-suspense novels that take place in modern New Mexico, will discuss his experiences as a writer and law enforcement officer.

Mr. McGarrity will also speak at the Silver City Public Library on Saturday April 26th as part of the Second Chance portion of this event. A number of his books will be on sale at both venues.

Michael McGarrity holds a BA with distinction in psychology and a master's degree in clinical social work. As an undergraduate, he held a Ford Foundation Scholarship at the University of New Mexico. Additionally, he is an honor graduate of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy.

His career in criminal justice includes work in corrections, law enforcement, security, and police officer training. As a Santa Fe County deputy sheriff, he worked as a patrol officer, community relations officer, training and planning supervisor, and lead investigator for the sex crimes unit, which he established. He also has served as an instructor at the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy, an investigator and caseworker for the Public Defender's Office, and an investigator for a state government agency. In 1987, he was honored as Santa Fe's Police Officer of the Year.

As a trained psychotherapist, McGarrity specialized in the treatment of high-risk populations including drug abusers, chronically mentally ill patients, juvenile delinquents, adult felons, and abused and neglected children. He was responsible for re-establishing mental health services for the New Mexico Corrections Department after the infamous prison riot of 1980. That year he was recognized by his peers as the New Mexico Social Worker of the Year.

He served on the faculty of several colleges and universities, teaching courses in psychology and counseling and functioning as a field supervisor for undergraduate and graduate clinical social work students. For a number of years he maintained a private practice in family therapy and consultation services to community- based treatment agencies.

With the publication of Tularosa in 1996, McGarrity turned to writing full time. A number of his best-selling novels have been nominated for awards, and in 2004 he received the New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts and Literature.

He was instrumental in establishing the Hillerman-McGarrity Creative Writing Scholarship at the University of New Mexico, the Richard Bradford Memorial Creative Writing Scholarship at the Santa Fe Community College, and the N. Scott Momaday Creative Writing Scholarship at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

WILL is very pleased to have Mr McGarrity here as part of Reflections of an Artist series. Please visit his website at


Friday, April 11, 2014, Lecture at Noon; Workshop at 1:30pm
WNMU Global Resource Center, Room ABC
Free and Open to the Public
Dan Shilling, author of Civic Tourism, and past executive director of the Arizona Humanities Council will speak on Civic Tourism - Seeing Tourism as a Public Good, Valuing It as a Public Responsibility, and Practicing It as a Public Art. on Friday, April 11, 2014 at noon, in the WNMU Global Resource Center, Room ABC, 12th & Kentucky, in Silver City.

The presentation will be followed at 1:30 by an interactive community workshop using the three major strategies of civic tourism: rethinking economics, connecting with community, and developing stories that convey a sense of place.

Both events are presented by the Western Institute for Lifelong Learning (WILL) and the Southwest Green Chamber of Commerce and are free and open to the public.

Dr. Shilling, the architect of Civic Tourism, says "Regions can use the tourism industry to help preserve their distinctive cultural, natural, and built environments, as well as foster economic growth." But in order to do so, communities need to "reframe" the conversation about tourism and community development. "Rather than see tourism as an economic end in itself," Shilling says, "citizens should use it as a tool for healthy place-making. It's part of the solution." Civic Tourism maintains that the discussion should include the general public. According to Shilling, "The goal is to design unique, vibrant and prosperous places for the people who live in them. If this is done well, tourists will visit." Shilling has given numerous presentations across the country on the subject of Civic Tourism and is the author of the book, Civic Tourism: The Poetry and Politics of Place, which features many best practices. Ted Presler, WILL Program Coordinator, reminds us that "Silver City has much to offer to our community and our visitors and it is up to all of us to share our past and present with the rest of the country and, indeed, the world. Our local businesses, their employees and all our local citizens are Silver City's ambassadors to our visitors. Civic Tourism offers practical ways to show our pride in our community and our joy of living here."
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