BENEFITING: YOKNAPATAWPHA ARTS COUNCIL INC
ORGANIZER: YOKNAPATAWPHA ARTS COUNCIL INC
YOKNAPATAWPHA ARTS COUNCIL INC wrote -The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council provides access to the arts, educational programs, and assistance to artists. Our goal to encourage local artists of all forms from visual to the performing arts to share the stories of our region. By having working artist creating in the community we will provide opportunities for individuals of all ages to have access to the creative experience, develop cultural tourism, and celebrate the diverse elements of the community.
The Arts Council has worked to achieve this goal by transforming a 1928 industrial building, the former city power station, into a community art center. The Powerhouse with two lager rooms provides class and performance space, support for local artists to create, and engagement of the community. The problem occurs because the building only has two spaces. The theatre and performing space doubles as classroom space limiting the programs.
This Rise to Thrive challenge will kick off our effort to secure funding to convert the former garage into classroom and studio space. A dedicated education and studio project will provide artists with the space to create and teach expanding opportunities for residents of all ages and backgrounds. Creating a focal point for artists will draw visitors, develop cultural tourism, and directly benefit artists by creating a space that build financial viability for the artist.