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Posted: Tuesday, May 20, 2008 9:48 pm | Updated: 8:49 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The Gilbert Fine Arts Association continues to operate in town — without a permanent home. The group is one of the few arts organizations in Gilbert, and volunteers say they continue to plan for a home base in years to come.

The group used to be housed in an old Mormon church in downtown Gilbert, but it has moved on and continues to debate where its permanent home should be — in a town with little to offer in the way of arts.

“We try and get the whole family involved whenever we can,” said Kylie Murray, volunteer in charge of youth programs.

“That is our goal — to be a community group, where people expect to see quality productions and look for them coming out.”

Austin Stuart, 14, a Greenfield Junior High School eighth-grader, said that the volunteer group provides the town with an important injection of much-needed arts.

“It’s a lot of fun, one of those jobs you can love and don’t have to learn to love it,” he said.

The group continues to rent space out of area schools and the Higley Performing Arts Center for its shows. In the meantime, the show goes on, and the group is looking for kids to take part in its summer theater program, where they will learn their parts for “The Little Mermaid” and put on a show in the same week.

The camp is run by the Missoula Children’s Theatre, and it runs 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. from June 16 through June 20 at Greenfield Junior High School.

Students will perform the production at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. June 21.

Registration for the camp is $120 per student. For more information on the adult and youth shows held by Gilbert Fine Arts Association, visit www.gfaa.org.

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