Contemporary Arts Center not folding, just going dormant

From dissolution to dormancy.

That’s the direction the Contemporary Arts Center is heading, reversing a decision made last month to shut down one of Southern Nevada’s oldest arts groups.

On Tuesday, CAC’s current board of directors voted to rescind its previous decision — and elected a new executive board, effective May 1.

On that date, Melissa Petersen will take over as CAC president, with Erin Stellmon as vice president, Ashanti McGee as secretary and James Stanford as treasurer.

“Coming together to save CAC is a testament to the passion and tenacity present in our community. What first seemed like opposite polarity, after open discussion has resulted in a shared vision,” Petersen stated in a news release. “The vote was taken to secure the future of CAC. Now we need everyone to roll up their sleeves.”

CAC’s temporary location at Alios, 1217 S. Main St., will close April 25, the final day for its 25th Annual Juried Show on April 25.

Locals with nonprofit and business experience who are interested in helping CAC to rebuild are invited to apply online at; the group’s new board will review applications May 14.

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