June 12, 2021: Salida Council for the Arts announced today it will pass the baton for the William Boddy Passion to Learn Scholarship Program to the Boys and Girls Club of Chaffee County. The funds currently earmarked for this program will help seed a permanent classroom space dedicated to art, music, theater and other creative endeavors at the Boys & Girls Club of Chaffee County at 709 Palmer Street in Salida.
William Boddy was a beloved member of the Salida arts community. To celebrate his contributions to the arts, music and teaching, a scholarship was created in his name in 2015. Funds were raised through individual donations, business sponsorships and a silent auction at the annual Boddy Jam concert. The money was used to fund art classes that were available for free to members of the community. The scholarship was administered by the Salida Council for the Arts.
Barbara Ewing, founder of the William Boddy Scholarship, said, “We’re thrilled to be able to take the Passion to Learn program to a new level with the help of the Boys & Girls Club. It’s an exciting new chapter for us to create something permanent and available to everyone.”
Ken Brandon, President of the Salida Council for the Arts, said, “We’re so pleased to be able to honor our friend William with a lasting legacy of a community classroom dedicated to art and music. We think William would have liked it too.”