The Murphy Arts District (MAD) lost one of its founders last week, Edwin Alderson. Edwin was arguably the greatest advocate for the City of El Dorado and certainly the thought-leader for the new arts district. He passed away October 5th, 2017, just four days after MAD's grand opening. Edwin was the project's heart and soul. His unflagging enthusiasm and energy inspired us throughout six years of dedicated work to create something unique and culturally significant for the community that he cherished. He was the organization's dreamer, and he always believed that his dreams could be made into reality.
On May 16th, 2018 Mr. Alderson would have celebrated his 78th birthday. Coincidentally, El Dorado Festivals & Events, the 501(c)3 nonprofit created by Mr. Alderson that runs MAD, will celebrate its 7th birthday of operations on that same date. We look forward to honoring his memory for many more birthdays to come. His dedication to the organization, it’s mission and the future of his community was felt by all in his presence, and we are lucky to have had the opportunity to be the recipient of his passion and vision.
To read Edwin's full obituary, click here.