Ann Merrifield, GMLC 2018, was recognized as the “Most Impactful Board Member”. Ann has served on the board for the https://columbiaartleague.org/(CAL) for two years, but it was a bit of a bumpy path getting there. She claimed she wasn’t an artist and therefore wasn’t qualified, and it took being asked three times before she agreed. “I finally realized that I am an excellent art appreciator, and appreciators are needed on boards as well,” she says.
CAL supports the arts in the community in many ways — gallery exhibitions, pop-up shows, art classes — but the event they are the most known for is Art in the Park. Each year, during the first weekend of June, Stephens Lake Park comes alive with art, sculptures, jewelry, ceramics, music, and food.
Ann is the employed by Columbia College and is the Senior Director of Alumni Relations.