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Friday, December 16, 2005

County loses an advocate for the arts

Walworth County lost a strong advocate for the arts when Stu Rau passed away Dec. 2 at the age of 78.

Rau, of Williams Bay, was one of those individuals who quietly makes tremendous contributions to the quality of life in Walworth County.

He was the long-time president of the Walworth County Arts Council, giving his energy to a group that has devoted itself to the support of the arts in Walworth County.

Among their programs are the annual young writers contest which awards scholarships to students attending Walworth County High Schools. The group also sponsors a program where area artists go into the local schools and talk about their work.

The Arts Council also has an active schedule of trips to the many art institutions in this part of the county.

Rau was always quick to feed The Week a story idea of the type we enjoy the most—stories of our friends and neighbors who do fascinating things without much fanfare.

His leadership will be missed as much by those who knew him as those who didn’t.


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