Carpe Diem Inc. re-opens as not-for-profit organization

Monday, November 22, 2010 | 2:29 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — After closing its doors Nov. 1, Carpe Diem Inc. of Columbia has been reborn as a Missouri not-for-profit organization.

The new status of the downtown arts center was made official  Nov. 15.


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Director Dianna Long said her goodbyes to Carpe Diem when she believed its doors would be closed for good after an 18-month run of providing Columbia with arts and culture events. Carpe Diem will continue to operate at 806 Locust St.

"I had a business partner that was not able to continue," Long said, referring to former co-director Alex Innecco. "I just thought I couldn't run it myself, but I really wasn't ready to close."

As a not-for-profit organization, Carpe Diem will be able to take donations and is eligible for arts grants, which Long said will expand its programming.

"This way, I can have volunteer assistance," she said. "I can expand our mission and offer more varied types of programming."

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S.K. Kueckelhan December 1, 2010 | 11:14 a.m.

Congratulations & much success to Carpe Diem Inc!

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