Community leaders from Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and Tenino have just secured funding to keep the Monarch Sculpture Park open for the year. The 13-year-old non-profit park located south-east of Olympia was slated for closure at the end of this month due to the health and financial difficulties of Myrna Orsini, founding director.
The local group, spearheaded by Commissioner Sandra Romero and Jack Horton, President of the Woodland Trails Association, is also working on securing funding partners to ensure that the park remains open for future generations, says Orsini, 70, and developing a plan for organizing the park’s infrastructure so that current programs and operations can continue.
As well as offering an 80-acre public park of contemporary sculpture and indoor art situated on the Chehalis Western bicycle trail, Monarch also supports artists by offering residencies and workshops.
More information can be found at www.monarchartcenter.org