Meeting set to organize arts council

9:41 am | October 24, 2012

A meeting has been set for Thursday for the formation of an arts council in Carter County.

“We have discovered that there are a great many people in Carter County who are interested in seeing strong arts programming come to Carter County,” said arts organizer Scott Snell. “Meetings have already taken place, and we now have an idea of the artistic diversity found in our county. People are interested to see, or participate in, performing arts like theatre, dance and music or visual arts such as painting as well as a variety of Appalachian craft arts.”

Snell said the wealth of local talent is amazing. “We have only found the tip of the iceberg,” he added.

Recently, the first annual “Strumfest” was held in Elizabethton.

“We look forward to more opportunities like this to showcase what Carter County has to offer,” Snell said. “Venues are currently being sought for more performances like this one.”

Snell said a new arts council will provide the most important step in promoting arts locally. He urged that anyone interested in the arts attend a meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in the second floor courtroom of the Carter County Courthouse, 801 E. Elk Ave., Elizabethton. The purpose is to locate anyone who is an artist or arts consumer and supporter.

“We want to identify and organize the people that night,” Snell said. “It will help to discover where we will take this next.”

The new arts council will work with both Carter County and its townships for a satisfying solution to the need for arts in the county. It will work closely with leaders in education, the Chamber of Commerce, tourism and Carter County Tomorrow. “Having a strong arts community will enhance the lives of the citizens as well as create an economic impact that will be felt all over the county.”

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