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March 11, 2014

Watershed Arts Alliance celebrating 25 years in Somerset

Somerset —

Watershed Arts Alliance isn’t quite as old as Daniel Stroud — but it’s close.
The youthful Stroud, current director of the  grassroots arts organization, is 29 years old.
Watershed (WAA), on the other hand, is celebrating its 25th anniversary, after having its first meeting in early 1989.
Now, however, seems like the perfect time for the two to meet and produce great things for Pulaski County.
 Stroud has been director of the organization for a little under a year now, acquiring the title last July after joining WAA in May. It started out as just a way to branch out and become more connected to the community.
“Until I started working at the print shop, I knew almost no one in town,” said Stroud, a graphic designer at Commercial Printing in downtown Somerset. “(After that,) I met a bunch of people, started getting to know the community, really dove in headfirst trying to get involved the best ways I knew how.”
Stroud said that he’s always been drawn to artists and like-minded people. Moreover, music — in many ways, the lifeblood of WAA over the years — has always been a passion.
“I really like the local music scene and found Watershed,” said Stroud. “... Within a couple of months, they asked me to be director.
“I moved around a lot (when younger), and had a little bit of a sheltered life,” he said. “For me, playing music and listening to music was always my therapy. My worst day I could ever image would be a day when I don’t listen to music or play it. It’s been such a special thing to be, and when I see other people around me excited about it, that’s what I want to surround myself with.”
Indeed, that’s what WAA is all about. After first being conceived of in the fall of 1988, the group was officially born the next year as the brainchild of Charlie Carr, Danny Dutton, John and Meg McClory, and Kirby Stephens.

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