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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Boulder City: A proposed study


Complete 31ers Living History Project Dissertation, click here.


Your suggestions, thoughts, ideas and referrals will be appreciated as I continue the study this article introduces.
-Art Lynch

The generation who live through the Great Depression, more specifically the workers and their families who suffered through extreme condition to build the Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam) are dying out, and with them the direct history and lineage for the birth of the unique “six companies” town of Boulder City, Nevada.

Massive growth and expansion of the Greater Las Vegas metropolitan are was kept at arms length by direct control or large amounts of unused land by the citizens of Boulder City, and adjacent federal lands. Travels to Boulder City and the Hoover Dam must come through Railroad Pass, creating a clean geographic separation from the cities of Henderson and Las Vegas. The town is not a part of the Las Vegas Valley, as it is located in the sparsely populated El Dorado Valley to the south and east of Las Vegas. Boulder City has limited liquor licenses and continues to ban gaming despite its location a half hour drive from the Las Vegas Strip. Growth is limited and the sale of city land requires a referendum of the citizens. Boulder City’s population is estimated between fourteen thousand and sixteen thousand, despite being one of the largest cities in geography in the nation.

Still, the identity of Boulder City is changing and may be at risk. With consolidation of the school system for Clark County (one of the largest in the nation in both numbers and geography), influx of large numbers of people from other states and the great recession of 2009, local identity may be challenged as what was once its own entity is now referred to as part of ‘suburban Las Vegas’. There was a risk of the erosion of community identity and being absorbed into the “Las Vegas” urban identity. Built as a planned community of green lawns and trees, the southwestern water shortage and county restrictions are contributing to a shift in appearance and change in the very feel of the community. A widening of the highway, the black canyon bridge bypass to the dam, growth on the

One of the decedents of the original settlers, Patty Sullivan, has taken on the task of reversing the trend by preserving history and making it relevant to the children and new citizens of Boulder City. She has extended the annual reunion event for the families of those who settled in the Colorado Basin Project Boulder Dam area in 1931, to include educational outreach, community events and the establishment of a future curriculum for K-12 education at Boulder City Schools.

The approach is challenging students and citizens to become interested and involve in the preservation of the history of their community through interactive narratives.  The “31ers Project” hopes to encourage community engagement and reinforced identity through educational programs and outreach. Her ad hock approach has shown some growth and success but faces major hurdles in the bureaucracy of a countywide school district, teachers who do not live in Boulder City and in a community strapped for cash.

The challenge becomes how to pull the community around a project and then bring the young people into it as a means of enriching their education, while maintaining a greater community identity and historic priority, without relying on large formalized, and therefore expensive, resources.

In 2009 Sullivan, along with volunteers and loose affiliations with specific teachers and individuals working at various organizations, made the first step in expansion from an event for the families of the founders to greater community involvement. The annual luncheon was held at the Boulder City campus satellite of the College of Southern Nevada, preceded by three days of tours, hands on educational events, theater and children’s museum like exhibits toured by select second to fourth grade classrooms. The event itself included living theater reproductions of events by two adults, a second grade class as well as slide shows by the Bureau of Reclamation and scholars. As was the practice in the past, survivors and descendants of the original “31er’s” shared their memories and thoughts.

In her efforts to preserve the history and culture of the community, Sullivan has utilized her position with the city parks and recreation department and her historic ties to the community to engage individuals, groups and organizations in a community based approach to education, rather than an institutional based perspective. In doing so she was free of the restrictions of traditional structured educational hierarchies and organizational structures. Sullivan may, by pursuing her personal belief and dedication to her own family history, be contributing to the democratic base on which education should be based.

The study will examine an Ad Hoc Approach to developing a successful community education outreach program. It will look at the obstacles and best practices in launching a successful school-community outreach partnership. Educational leadership from non-educators who come from a community perspective will be a key part of this study.

The 31ers Community Education Outreach was started organically, but the seeds of the initiative had deep roots in the community. Could this program be used as a model for other communities, or is it unique to the geography, age and position of Boulder City as a community?

Without going through the formal structure, Sullivan and her “team” names and identified a problem in the community, framed the issues, set up and divided into a decision making structure, identified and began outreach to community resources, organized public actions and took the first steps toward crafting a learning community. Her connection in the community led to her active role in gaining needed support from community organizations, official and unofficial leaders, her fellow “31ers” and reaching out to an assortment of individuals in the community with the expertise to help facilitate the 2009 luncheon project, continuation of and future growth of the 31ers project.

The next logical step is movement toward cooperative co-production of educational tools as part of maintaining community identity while also stimulating student involvement, interests and interaction in as wide a variety of fields as possible. Such fields may include history, conservation, engineering, social studies, literature, theater and media. The use of contextual learning through instilling the interactivity of education, as a liberal arts experience in students and faculty alike may be a byproduct of a successful project similar to the “31ers.”

Through a real world contextual approach similar to the 31ers student learn and are reinforced in their understanding of many of the things they also learn in schools: skills and values, science and mathematics, languages and cultures.

School and community partnerships have a lengthy if sometimes ambivalent history.  Of course school is an important part of a community, in fact places a central role in many communities.  John Dewey believed that this collaboration should be active and intentional. 

There are clearly benefits and challenges in developing and encouraging this collaboration. School professionals may be resistant to outsiders with an agenda. Schools have to adhere to curriculum and standards. Community members may come in with their own notions of how to reach goals. In some cases schools may be begging for community participation, while in other cases community agencies or individuals may be inspired by perceived needs.  The process may be through the development of a formal strategic plan, or organically through the enthusiasm and creativity of individuals.  While schools are expert at developing strategy, organic development may be successful if certain characteristics and factors are at play.

This study may raise many questions and bring issues into play including:

The community itself is an educational institution. Should there be a community strategy, based on the local needs, instead of larger school based strategy, to coordinate and make relevant a student’s education?

Is education a one size fits all formula or is it one that varies by and profits from individual communities and circumstances?

What are the values of the community, of groups within the community, of the educators and those directly involved in the 31ers project? How do these values interrelate and interact? Can this be replicated in other communities or projects?

Have the values, priorities and make-up of the community changed sufficiently to make the preservation of history academic instead of a part of their view of their community’s identity?

Can an individual make a difference against larger social structures and ideals?


Arizona side of the river and improved public transportation links lead to an increased perception as a bedroom community to “Sin City.”

A brief review of the 31ers:



Originally, a 31’er was the term used for a person who arrived in the area that would become Boulder City, Nevada back in 1931, prior to serious construction on the Boulder or Black Canyon Dam (later named Hoover Dam). Over time those who worked or lived in the area during the entire time the dam and Boulder City itself were under construction came to known as 31ers. Today, anyone who has lived in Boulder City for at least 31 years or is a descendant of those who worked on the dam or who lived in Boulder city during the building of the dam are eligible to be called a 31er.


The Boulder Canyon Project Act is the name the federal government gave to the entire process of building Hoover Dam and Boulder City. The dam remains the largest water and power projects in US History.

The monumental construction effort resulted in the invention of technology and equipment still used today, and a dam considered one of the major wonders of the modern world. Hoover dam provides power and water for six states, created what for most of a century was the largest man made lake in the world, Lake Mead, and allowed for the growth of what are now the major southwestern cities of Las Vegas, Phoenix, Los Angeles and San Diego.

The 31ers and their families who came to Nevada seeking work during the Great Depression weathered extreme conditions, took on dangerous work and added to the legacy of the American West in a key chapter of how man can overcome obsticles and create a lasting legacy.

First Written December 1, 2011


Sources and where to go for additional information and links:


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Linked-In Recommendations for Art Lynch (partial)

Acting coach, Instructor, Voice Coach, 31ers, other

Bouder City Recreation

14 visible recommendations for this position: 
“Art is an extremely talented individual in all of the arts. He is an excellent on air talent, and has a full knowledge of the communications industry. He is fully qualified to teach in any of these areas. DeAnne Sheehan” April 22, 2010
Top qualities: Personable, High Integrity, Creative
1st DeAnne Sheehan
hired Art as a Media Buyer in 1998, and hired Art more than once
“Art Lynch and I worked on the fundraising component for the Nevada Screen Actors Guild Conservatory. He was facing an uphill climb which he did with determination and strength. When Art makes a commitment he gives 100%. It was good working with you Art. I hope to do it again some day.” August 9, 2009
1st Kim Russell, Manager, 702 Entertainment LLC
was with another company when working with Art at Boulder City Park and Recreation
“Art is a considerate, caring National Director for Screen Actors Guild. His work and passion in communicating to his fellow officers is exemplary.” July 25, 2009
1st Rik Deskin, Seattle Branch President, Screen Actors Guild
worked directly with Art at Boulder City Park and Recreation
“Art is a man of principle, integrity and honor. We serve together on the Board of the Screen Actors Guild. Art can not be bullied or intimidated. He ALWAYS does what he feels is best and right as opposed to what's easy and popular.

Art is extremely bright, talented and hard working. I'm honored to know him and work with him.” July 23, 2009
1st Joe Narciso, Actor, Joe Narciso
was with another company when working with Art at Boulder City Park and Recreation
“Art is patient & looks to nuture & help bring out the best oneself.” June 12, 2009
1st James D. Weston II, Actor, Screen Actors Guild
was with another company when working with Art at Boulder City Park and Recreation
“Art will be a valuable asset and team member in whatever endeavor he may choose to pursue. An excellent mentor with the uptmost integrity.” May 20, 2009
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity
1st Gordon Greco
hired Art as a Career Coach in 2007
“Art Lynch is a humanist, dedicated to the Arts and the pursuit of dreams for the young and young at heart. He is an experienced instructor and a champion for all those he mentors. He is a Nevadan through and through and holds "Community " as a cherished core value.” May 18, 2009
1st Hrair Messerlian, Nevada Branch Executive Director, Screen Actors Guild Nevada Branch
was with another company when working with Art at Boulder City Park and Recreation
“Art is a very smart, driven person and is not afraid of challenges. He is an outstanding citizen and cares about his community and the people in it. He is an honest individual and is respected by many. Art has integrity, loyalty and perseverance and he would be a huge asset to any company or organization. I recommend Art highly, and especially applaud his ability to work under very tight deadlines and schedule.” May 15, 2009
1st Angela Brooks, Development Assistant, Nevada Public Radio
worked with Art at Boulder City Park and Recreation
“As the president of the Nevada Branch of the Screen Actors Guild and a long time member, I have known and worked with Art Lynch on Screen Actors Guild affairs for over 15 years. I have been impressed with his knowledge and ability to teach, lead and participate in complex government and entertainment industry affairs. Art is a leader who gets things done. He is also a professional writer, journalist and broadcaster. As a professional actor, teacher, business operator, Art Lynch has a sense of the working operations within the entertainment communications industry in general. His character is upright, standing firm to his convictions, and works diligently at his craft. I highly recommend Art for any position.” May 14, 2009
1st Steve Dressler, President, Screen Actors Guild Nevada Branch
worked directly with Art at Boulder City Park and Recreation
“Art has the ability to lead and direct, both the novice and the experienced theatrical prospect. His quiet demeanor and sensitivity to others results in inviduals reaching greater potential than they could ever imagine. He is professional in every aspect.” May 14, 2009
1st Jim Austin, Student, Texas A&M University
worked directly with Art at Boulder City Park and Recreation
“Art has a wide variety of talents and skills. In particular he has a passion for teaching and communications. I am confident that he will dedicate his efforts whole-heartedly to every project entrusted to him.” May 13, 2009
1st Ann Power Smith, Owner, CSO, Write Science Right
was with another company when working with Art at Boulder City Park and Recreation
“I have worked with Art in connection with our work at Nevada Public Radio and in assorted community projects. He works hard and produces great results. I'm glad to recommend him.” May 13, 2009
1st Michael Green, Contributor, Nevada Public radio
worked directly with Art at Boulder City Park and Recreation
“Art Lynch is as sincere and authentic as they come. His work ethic is steadfast and professional.
I recommend you connect with Art Lynch, you will not regret it!” May 13, 2009
1st Cece DuBois, Owner, DuBois Design Group
worked directly with Art at Boulder City Park and Recreation
“Art Lynch is passion personified. He cares deeply about core values central to him, and utilizes them in both his personal and professional life. He has an innate sense of fairness balanced with an analytical mind, and is a writer of the old-school, investigative type. Couple this with his interest and experience in new technology, and you have a triple threat. I admire Art and believe whomever he works with, or for, will always get 110% from him.

Mary McDonald-Lewis” May 13, 2009
1st Mary McDonald-Lewis, National Board Member, Screen Actors Guild
worked directly with Art at Boulder City Park and Recreation

Instructor

College of Southern Nevada

1 visible recommendation for this position:
“I have known Mr. Lynch since 2004. Mr. Lynch has been a part time faculty member in the Department of Communication at the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) for nearly ten years. Arthur has taught Oral Communication and Interpersonal Communication courses at CSN.
I would be happy to talk with you directly about Mr. Lynch’s qualifications and experiences as they relate to his employment at the College of Southern Nevada.

If you have further questions, please e-mail me at james.mccoy@csn.edu” March 18, 2009
Top qualities: Expert, On Time, Creative
1st James Mccoy
hired Art as a Education in 2000, and hired Art more than once

Announcer / Host

Nevada Public Radio

1 visible recommendation for this position: 
“For me, Art was the voice of KNPR at the weekends, bringing a warm intelligence to his anchoring of syndicated content and reflecting the commitment to community and people that is the hallmark of his work.” December 10, 2008
1st Fin Keegan, Producer, Nevada Public radio
worked with Art at Nevada Public Radio

National Board Director

Screen Actors Guild

2 visible recommendations for this position: 
“If your looking for a person to cover flack for you or give you some creative respones to use for media related issues for your business or talent career-(PR MAN-spokesperson,editor,writer.media consultant) pick Art. He can cover all your bases in the communication world.
This is a person who knows how to handle media and gets things done.” March 13, 2009
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity
1st Luke Perry
hired Art as a Writer/Editor in 1994, and hired Art more than once
“Art has been there fighting for SAG .United we stand has always been his idea of the best way He stands up for the right things A man of integrity and good husband and father and actor Glad to have him as a friend for over 20 years Thank you Art Keep up the good work may the lord guide your steps” May 26, 2008
1st Kim Renee, dealer,stuntwoman, mandalay bay ,warner brothers
worked directly with Art at Screen Actors Guild

President, and co-owner

Creative Communications / A Personal Vision

5 visible recommendations for this position:
“As the president of the Nevada Branch of the Screen Actors Guild and a long time member, I have known and worked with Art Lynch on Screen Actors Guild affairs for 17 years. I have been impressed with his knowledge and ability to teach, lead and participate in complex government and entertainment industry affairs. Art is a leader who gets things done. He is also a professional writer, journalist and broadcaster. I highly recommend Art for any position.” September 27, 2008
1st Steve Dressler, President, Screen Actors Guild Nevada Branch
worked directly with Art at Creative Communication/ College of Southern Nevada
“Art is a professional communicator of the highest integrity. His work ethic is beyond reproach, even when given difficult assignments. Art is one of the few professionals, with whom I would condsider it a privilege to work with again.” September 27, 2008
1st Jim Austin, Student, Texas A&M University
worked directly with Art at Creative Communication/ College of Southern Nevada
“Art is committed to providing his students with a quality learning environment. He learns new technologies (such as learning management systems) quickly and easily.” May 27, 2008
1st Nancy Webb, Instructional Designer, College of Southern Nevada
worked directly with Art at Creative Communication/ College of Southern Nevada
“I have worked with Art over the past 15 years in the advertising and radio business. Art has always been creative, dependable, and easy to work with. I would highly recommend him!
DeAnne Sheehan” May 21, 2008
1st DeAnne Sheehan, Account Executive, Lotus Broadcasting
was with another company when working with Art at Creative Communication/ College of Southern Nevada
“I have known Art for over 10 years and moreover in a formal capacity as the Nevada Screen Actors Guild Executive Director since 2003.

Art has been a consummate advocate for his constituents, the actors and students he represents and guides. He has demonstrated leadership, mentoring and communication skills during his 13 years within SAG as a National Board Member. Art founded and ran the Nevada SAG Conservatory for almost a decade. Nationally, he is currently Co-Chair of the New Technologies Committee. In addition to his past service as Co-Chair of Communications, he has also worked with the Young Performers, New Media, EEOC, Right-to-Work Committees and has taken part in contract negotiations in Los Angeles.

I would highly recommend Art as a dedicated and tireless employee and asset.” February 28, 2008
1st Hrair Messerlian, Executive Director, Screen Actors Guild
worked directly with Art at Creative Communication/ College of Southern Nevada

Consultant

ArtLynch.org

7 visible recommendations for this position: 
“Art is very dedicated he follows through with excellence He will fight to the end for what he believes is right He will listen to both sides and stand firm on his decision” February 2, 2009
1st Kim Renee, dealer,stuntwoman, mandalay bay ,warner brothers
worked directly with Art at Self employed consultant
“I would highly recommend Art Lynch, he is dependable, reliable, capable, and pleasant to work with.” January 27, 2009
1st DeAnne Sheehan, Account Executive, Lotus Broadcasting
worked with Art at Self employed consultant
“Art is extremely insightful and creative, with good leadership skills. I trusted his judgement and he never missed a step.” October 2, 2008
1st Kim Russell, Program Director, House of Blues
worked indirectly for Art at Creative Communication
“I have know Art Lynch for many years, both as a good friend and in business. Art Lynch is always very professional in anything he does, whether in business, teaching or acting. Very well spoken and respected by his associates and also his peers. I have always enjoyed working with him and its my pleasure to give him my highest recommendation.” October 1, 2008
1st Lollo Sievert, Owner, Mr. Gwell Inc
was with another company when working with Art at Creative Communication
“Art is committed to using technology to enhance his students' learning experience. He is focused and passionate about teaching, and is always willing and able to "push the envelope" with technology, especially becoming familar with new learning management systems.” September 29, 2008
1st Nancy Webb, Instructional Designer, College of Southern Nevada
worked directly with Art at Creative Communication
“I have worked with Art for many years in his capacity as Screen Actors Guild's Nevada National Board Representative. Art is an inidvidual committed to his constituency. He is passionate, articulate and a strong advocate in his endeavors. As an instructor to university, college and acting students he is adaptable and versatile in his approaches.” September 28, 2008
1st Hrair Messerlian, Executive Director, Screen Actors Guild
was with another company when working with Art at Creative Communication
“I have served with Art Lynch on the National Board of Directors of the Screen Actors Guild for several years. I respect Art as a vigorous defender of all actors. He is out spoken and well versed in the union movement. He is also a teacher of communications passing on his knowledge and experience to his students. I enjoy working with him.
Jim Hutchison” September 27, 2008
1st James L. Hutchison, National Board member, Screen Actors Guild
worked directly with Art at Creative Communication

News Director, Operations Director, Producer, Reporter, Anchor, Announcer

Broadcaster

2 visible recommendations for this position: 
“Art and I go way back. 1977 to be exact, when Art first began producing public affairs programs for WUIC at the University of Ilinois - Chicago Campus. I later appointed Art as Operations Manager and Program Manager of the station.

We met up again here in Las Vegas when I hired Art to do announcing and production for the Nevada Sports Schedule's audiotext and information services.

Art is the proverbial "Can Do" person. With minimal guidance, he takes on projects, large and small, and completes them efficiently and creatively. He combines his skills as an announcer, editor and producer with a strong, self-motivated entrepreneurial spirit, evidenced by his successful career in Las Vegas in broadcasting, education, advertising and community leadership.

I highly recommend Art for a position of responsibility where you need a job to be completed with high standards of performance.

John Wennstrom
former Vice President of Business Development for Jim Feist Sports

jwdodger8@aol.com” March 13, 2009
1st John Wennstrom, general manager, wuic
managed Art at Broadcaster
“I have worked with Art Lynch in two occasions over the past years. I have observed him as an instructor and fellow staff-member. Art is a professional broadcaster with an impeccable history of adapting to formats and philosophy of delivery. Were I seeking a broadcaster, I would hire Art Lynch in a minute.” December 1, 2008
1st Jim Austin, Student, Texas A&M University
worked directly with Art at Broadcaster

Unassigned 

“Art Lynch is and always has been a professional. I have known him personally for over 25 years. In that time he has been a successful marketer, a steadfast supporter of the arts, particularly theater and motion picture arts, an educator, and an announcer. It has been said of great men that when you speak to them you leave feeling that you were the only two people in the room. Art shares some of those talents. Friends and associates great and small can count on his loyalty, and his willingness to work hard on those things that he has committed himself to. If your project requires an honest assessment of it's strengths and it's weaknesses, Art Lynch is someone you want on your team.” March 29, 2010
1st Mike Chamberlain, Assistant Service Manager, Stone Moutnain Toyota,
worked with Art

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