Our annual Savory Sounds series is back in June and July, with a wonderful line-up of performers! In addition, last year you wondered where our local food vendors were for the lunch portion of our Savory Sounds concerts, and we listened – they will be back with us this summer, so you will be able to enjoy both great food and amazing music.
In addition, we have some wonderful exhibits, including a pop-up show in partnership with the Whitewater Heritage Day on June 23, the WRAP exhibit in June, the Fran Achen Photography Exhibit in July, and the Mixed Media exhibit in August. Click here for more information about all the great things we’ve got going on, and come visit us when you can.
In our last newsletter, I shared some research that showed how local investment in the creative economy attracts business, residents and visitors and improves the quality of life for everyone. I mentioned that I would share some information about the impact that the Arts have on students’ learning and civic engagement. It’s no surprise that studies have shown that students with access to arts in their curriculum enjoy their school work more, have higher test scores, are more engaged, and show a stronger sense of community (Vega, 2015.) They also have stronger critical thinking and problem-solving skills, which are some of the top skills that employers are looking for in today’s work force. Next time I will share the impact of access to the arts for older adults and their health!
In other news, the Whitewater Arts Alliance has hired a part-time gallery manager. After considering the possibility for this last year, the board decided that to continue to serve our artists and members well, we needed someone dedicated to gallery management so that we could work on other things, like programming and fundraising. Taylor McDarison will be working 10 hours a week, and brings a great deal of enthusiasm and knowledge to the position. We are glad to have her join us! You can learn more about Taylor’s art by visiting our featured artists’ page.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how much we have appreciated Linda Long, and all her work these last several years. After she retired from the board it became clear just how hard she had worked to make things run smoothly for the gallery, and we can’t express our thanks enough. Thank you Linda!
Do something creative today – and visit us at the CAC!
Megan Matthews, President
Whitewater Arts Alliance Board of Directors