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Ideas Emerge At Community Arts Meeting

The Water Valley Arts Council’s (WVAC) first Community of Artists Meeting (CAM) brought together about 40 area artists and craftsmen to have conversation regarding the State of the Arts in Water Valley. The conversation centered around the question: How might we increase visibility and access to our Hill Country artists and craftsmen? 

Many wonderful ideas were generated by local artists. These ideas will go forward to the WVAC for consideration in both short and long term planning.  Artists’ ideas were varied, including:

• Building a Presenter’s Network;

• Creating an Artist Roster;

• Offering branded events at regular intervals, example: Art Crawl;

• Establishing a statewide, juried art show;

• Designing Public Information Artist Kiosk downtown;

• Creating opportunities for children to have hands-on experiences with area artists;

• Using local newspapers to showcase artists’ work;

• Leveraging Basecamp to assist development of an online presence;

• Installing large-scale rotating and permanent works in downtown areas;

• Displaying art on rotating basis in public places and empty storefronts;

• Offering Artist’s Camps and Workshops;

• Introducing arts community to local schools; 

• Creating flyer of “Welcome to WV” with artists and places for art;

• Installing a highway sign on Main Street “Welcome to WV:  An Artists Community.” 

All attending the first CAM session received a free one-year membership to the WVAC, The next CAM session is scheduled to meet September 14. The next WVAC meeting is Tuesday, April 10 at 6:30 P.M. in the Main Street-Arts Council office. Come join us!

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