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315 W. Ohio Ave., Gunnison, Colorado 81230
970-641-4340 (home)             970-641-3570 (office phone/fax)

Maryo Gard Ewell provides a wide array of services to the non-profit world in general, and the community arts world in particular.
  • She is currently under contract to the Colorado Council on the Arts (CCA) to manage their "Increasing Cultural Participation" grants as well as Colorado's Peer Assistance Network (co-sponsored with the Community Resource Center). 
  • She has worked with the Arts Extension Service of Amherst, MA, to design their 2006 winter and summer Arts Management Institutes, and with the Idaho Commission on the Arts to evaluate their community arts, folk arts, and grant programs. 
  • She offers workshops and keynote speeches on many varieties of topics. 
  • Ewell was Associate Director at the Colorado Council on the Arts from 1982-2003. Her responsibilities included providing information to arts organizations and communities; overseeing the CCA Cultural Heritage Tourism program; managing a technical assistance program; managing grants programs; and participating on agency planning and management teams.

Her specialty is community development and the arts
- the linking of the arts to the furthering of broader community ends.
  • For the CCA, she designed and is managing their community development mini-grant program.
  • She helped to create the Neighborhood Cultures of Denver, in which artists were paired with community organizations in low-income areas of Denver
  • She helped to create the Arts Education Equity Network, in which teams of educators and citizens devised ways for the arts to become increasingly prominent in their local schools
  • She designed a regionalized folk arts program in which the state’s three folklorists work, in part, in a community development capacity.
She currently serves on several boards: 
  • the Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley
  • the Gunnison Council for the Arts
  • the Robert Gard/Wisconsin Idea Foundation  
  • She has been a board member of the National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies (now Americans for the Arts), and a board member and officer of the Colorado Alliance for Arts Education.
She has recently published  The Arts in the Small Community 2006, co-authored with Dr. Michael Warlum, and a monograph for Americans for the Arts, “Cultural Torchbearers of the Community: Local Arts Agencies Then And Now.” She has written numerous articles.
She currently teaches grantwriting at Western State College in Gunnison, and is co-teaching the required community arts course  in the MA Arts Administration program at Goucher College in Baltimore.
She has served on grant panels for many states, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Recent honors:
  • the 2004 “Arts Advocate of the Year” award from her local Gunnison Council on the Arts 
  • the 2003 “Arts Are The Heart” award for service to the arts in Colorado  
  • in 2001 an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Goucher College 
  • the 1995 Selina Roberts Ottum Award from Americans for the Arts - their highest award for community arts development 
  • an award from Rockefeller University to use the Rockefeller Foundation Archives in pursuit of a research project on community arts development in America during the first half of the 20th  century 
  • BA Cum Laude with Honors, Bryn Mawr College, Social Psychology, 1970
  • MA, Yale University, Organizational Behavior, 1972
  • MA, University of Colorado-Denver, Urban & Regional Planning, 1992


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