The Jackson County Arts Council has begun the second year in their new location at the Jackson County Library Complex. They are pleased to announce their new three-part yearly program series. On Saturday, September 15th, they sponsored the Gary Carden one-woman play, Mother Jones. This play featured the talented Ms. Lara Chew as Mother Jones. It was the first of a three part series of programming that the arts council will sponsor each year. The next program will be a winter concert featuring a string quartet, followed by a visual art program in the spring.
The arts council would also like to announce their new board members for the 2012-13 year: Sylvia Smythe, President; Claire Collins, Vice President; Liz Mainwaring, Secretary; Henry Mainwaring, Treasurer; Terri Armfield, Amy Cherry, Denise Drury, Bill Graham, Norma Hendrix, Susan Lanier, Joe Meigs, Erin Tapley and Yona Wade.
The arts council is dedicated to Arts Education in Jackson County Public Schools by providing support to art programs. Contributions to the Jackson County Arts Council to help provide this support are always appreciated.
Community organizations were invited to apply for the Grassroots Grant. The first deadline was on September 20, 2012 and the next deadline will be January 20, 2013. Applications are available online at www.jacksoncountyarts.org or call the arts council office at 507-9820 for more information. Grants that were submitted by the September deadline will be announced by the first of November.
The Jackson County Arts Council receives their funds from state, county, membership and donations. The public is invited to join the arts council online or may come by their office, which is located in the Jackson County Library Complex on the second floor next to the community room. Office hours are Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Appointments can be made by calling the office at 507-9820.
Contributions are still being accepted for the Ray Menze Memorial Fund. Mr. Menze was a valued board member of the Jackson County Arts Council and a great supporter of arts in Jackson County.
The Jackson County Arts Council encourages the community to come downtown for Sylva Art Strolls on the second Friday of each month, starting at 5 p.m. Sylva Art Strolls are presented by Jackson County Visual Arts Association (JVCAA) and the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce ( www.mountainlovers.com ) in historic downtown. Merchants will stay open later to welcome visitors, shoppers, and diners. Many of the downtown restaurants and shops will feature art work displays by local artists.