Maryo Gard Ewell is both literally and figuratively a child of the Wisconsin Idea. Her father, Robert E. Gard, who created the Wisconsin Idea Theater, inspired her work in community arts development. She has worked for local arts councils in Connecticut, and for the state arts agency in both Illinois and Colorado, winding up her forty-year career as the designer of Colorado’s Creative Districts program. She is currently the Director of Community Impact for the Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley, Colorado, where she lives.
Ewell has worked for community arts councils in Connecticut, and for state arts agencies in Illinois and Colorado. Honors include the 2004 Arts Advocate of the Year award from the Gunnison Arts Center; the 2003 Arts Are The Heart award for service to the arts in Colorado; and in 2001 an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Goucher College. She received the Ottum Award from Americans for the Arts for outstanding community arts development in 1995. She’s the author of many articles, and co-author of The Arts in the Small Community 2006. She holds an MA in Organizational Behavior and an MA in Urban & Regional Planning.