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Key director gives back to community as arts education nonprofit board president

By Amy Thomas in Community Posted April 27, 2017

She doesn't formally sing or dance or paint herself, but Tamara Darnow, director of compliance and operational risk management for Key Equipment Finance, believes communities benefit greatly when they have access to the arts.

For that reason, she started volunteering 3.5 years ago for The Art Underground, a nonprofit founded in 2007 that offers dance, theater, art and film programs to all ages in two locations in Boulder County, where Key Equipment Finance also is headquartered.

IMG_1167.jpgThis year, Darnow has taken on a two-year role as president of The Art Underground's board of directors.

"I work in financial services, and there’s a natural balance in my heart of hearts that draws connections between music and art, finance and banking, and the things I do on a day-to-day basis," Darnow says. "They are very complementary and supplementary."

It is the kind of volunteer effort encouraged by KeyBank's commitment to community service

The Art Underground provides arts programs in two locations: Historic Downtown Louisville and at a new facility that opened in 2016 outside of Old Town Lafayette called the Arts Hub (HUB), which includes a theater, dance and art activity rooms.

Darnow is excited to lead the board as it supports executive director Lori Jones, who Darnow describes as "selfless," and executes its fiduciary responsibilities to steer the organization's diverse lineup of classes and camps in art, music, dance and theater led by skilled and dedicated instructors, ultimately guiding the organization in its mission to grow a strong arts community.

"The goal of the organization is to continue to develop and grow a strong arts community across the diverse populations we have here in Colorado," Darnow says, "and it is across the arts spectrum, from musical theater to dance to art and beyond."

Darnow also has accepted a board position with another local nonprofit, Integral Steps, which has a very unique and innovative approach to education, with programs that integrate music, movement, science, and psychology.  "The creative learning and programming being developed by Integral Steps’ founders and their collaborative partnerships with local businesses is inspirational," Darnow says.

"You try to give a little bit back," she says, "when you see how much others actually give of their lives."

Learn more on Key's community involvement here:

KeyCorp Community Involvement



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