“We want to give an overview about what we do with the Kentucky Arts Council and gather input on the long range plan that lasts five years and begins in fiscal year 2009,” said Council Executive Director Lori Meadows. “We want to find out what residents are interested in and want to see in the arts.”
Meadows said that the council tries to hear concerns and suggestions from around the state. “We’ve had great feedback so far. People have been very willing to share their thoughts with us.”
Retha Tarter of the council said that she attended the meeting to hear concerns from communities around the state. “We want to find out what the Kentucky Arts Council can do to bring culture to the area. We want to inform the citizens of the area about opportunities available through the council in the form of professional development grants.”
Though attended by State Senator Ken Winters and State Representative Melvin Henley, Trigg County’s only official representation came from Tourism Director Bill Stevens.
“I’ve always considered Trigg County and Cadiz to be unusual in the arts with the Janice Mason Museum and performing arts,” said Henley. “It speaks well of this community.”
Henley noted that a strong arts program served as a drawing card for economic development efforts. “When an industrial prospect considers a site, they look at the whole community picture. Areas that offer the entire gamut of arts to residents appeal to businesses. This is an important factor for businesses that consider a location in Middle America.”
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