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City of Marion to Launch Arts Alliance; Listening Sessions Begin 1/24/18 Share

Jan 23, 2018  |  Web Administrator

The City of Mar­i­on is launch­ing an Arts Alliance. Rec­og­niz­ing that an active arts com­mu­ni­ty already exists in Mar­i­on, the Arts Alliance hopes to unite these indi­vid­ual artists, arts ini­tia­tives, and art orga­ni­za­tions togeth­er to form a col­lec­tive vision for the Mar­i­on com­mu­ni­ty. The Arts Alliance believes that they can achieve more togeth­er than they can apart. They will seek fund­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties — funds that would not be attain­able if func­tion­ing as sep­a­rate enti­ties — that will help cat­alyze a true arts com­mu­ni­ty in Marion.

Guid­ing team mem­ber, Greg Fiebig, believes that a unit­ed art com­mu­ni­ty in Mar­i­on is essen­tial: The arts are a vital part of our cul­ture. They help enter­tain, edu­cate, and enlight­en toward a greater good. What could local artists and arts orga­ni­za­tions do togeth­er that we can­not do sep­a­rate­ly? Syn­er­gy occurs when the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Imag­ine the syn­er­gis­tic impact we could have as artists and arts orga­ni­za­tions if we were to con­scious­ly cre­ate a uni­fied arts community.”

In sup­port of the Arts Alliance, May­or Jess Alum­baugh says: The City of Mar­i­on has an abun­dance of tal­ent­ed artists in our com­mu­ni­ty. Cre­at­ing an Arts Alliance will serve as a mech­a­nism to bring these tal­ent­ed artists togeth­er to pro­mote the arts and the many oth­er cul­tur­al events we offer here in Mar­i­on. I am a firm believ­er — and I’ve often said — we as a com­mu­ni­ty can achieve so much more by work­ing together.”

The Arts Alliance will begin by lis­ten­ing to the active artists of the Mar­i­on com­mu­ni­ty. The guid­ing team will host lis­ten­ing ses­sions on Wednes­days over Jan­u­ary and Feb­ru­ary; all ses­sions will take place in the sec­ond-floor con­fer­ence room of City Hall. Each ses­sion will begin at 6:00pm on the spe­cif­ic dates list­ed below. There will be a series of four lis­ten­ing ses­sions: Per­form­ing Arts, Musi­cal Arts, Fine Arts, and Arti­san Crafts. Each ses­sion is wel­come to all artists, but if pos­si­ble, the guid­ing team requests that artists attend the ses­sion most fit­ting to their art practice.

Jan­u­ary 24th – Per­form­ing Arts: includ­ing but not lim­it­ed to dance, the­ater, and cre­ative writing

Jan­u­ary 31st – Musi­cal Arts: includ­ing but not lim­it­ed to sym­phonies, soloists, and indi­vid­ual musicians 

Feb­ru­ary 7th – Fine Arts: includ­ing but not lim­it­ed to pot­tery, paint­ing, and illustration 

Feb­ru­ary 14th – Arti­san Crafts: includ­ing but not lim­it­ed to design, visu­al arts, wood­work­ing, fur­ni­ture build­ing, and hand lettering 

Con­tacts:

Greg Fiebieg, Hoosier Shakes, 765.243.2321, greg@​hoosiershakes.​com

Katie Mor­gan, Com­mu­ni­ty School of the Arts, 765.669.0356, katemmorgan@​msn.​com

Kay­la John­son, City of Mar­i­on, 765.382.3797, kjohnson@​cityofmarion.​in.​gov

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