Lincoln County, Mo. -
Calling all artists!
For many in Lincoln County, the time to create an arts council is right now, and the public is invited to a meeting to discuss the new Lincoln County Arts Council on May 27 at 6 p.m. at the MU Extension Center at 880 West College Street in Troy.
Julie Rodgers, executive director of Lincoln County Economic Development, said the initial meeting is meant to spread word to the community, and the present is the right time to hold a gathering of people after the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We want this to be a grassroots effort,” she said.
Rodgers also said art can be so many different things, painting, sculpting, photography, writing, music, drama, dance, forging and more.
“We want anyone involved in art in any venue,” she said. “We also want people like myself who are lovers of art.
“Anyone who wants to make Lincoln County a better place is welcome to attend.”
Interest in the Lincoln County Arts Council has already been buzzing.
“Lincoln County has eight cities and four villages,” Rodgers said. “Groups from all over the county are already interested in collaborating in this venture.
“The moment Jennifer Schipper and I talked about this, people wanted to get involved. The arts bring people together in so many different ways.”
Schipper said she will bring to the new arts council in Lincoln County many of the things Warren County is currently doing with its arts council, such as art camps for kids, painting workshops, music in the county’s parks and scholarship programs.
“I can tell already from the buzz from seeing people in person and hearing from them that this will be successful,” said Schipper, who is the president of the Warren County Arts Council.
Schipper also said the arts council should look to – and is already – partnering with Lincoln County’s business community to promote the arts, including using vacant spaces to host art shows and workshops. This plan has been successful in several cities across the country in not only bringing in artists, but also drawing in potential buyers for those properties and customers to the shops in the area.
“There are all kinds of businesses who would like to display local artists in their stores,” Schipper said. “We would also like for businesses to host workshops and art shows.”