Artistic Flare: Local arts and cultural alliance eager to support community

Published 6:50 pm Friday, July 14, 2017

As City of Elizabethton leaders looks to grow its economic presence, one local organization is looking to do its part to assist with the effort.
The Elizabethton Arts and Cultural Alliance recently received 501(c)3 status and is looking help where they can, according to member Robert Benfield.
“The arts and culture of a community are things that will always be ingrained in a community over the years,” Benfield told the Elizabethton Star. “We want to do what we can to promote the arts and culture for the City of Elizabethton.”
Benfield added the goal of the group is also to acquire grant funding from different avenues to help with projects in the city, including beautification and promoting healthy living.
“We want people to see our community and know it’s a great place to live,” he said.
The Alliance has already been hard at work since its creation. Benfield added the state is processing a creative placemaking grant to be used for an upcoming project. One of the upcoming endeavors for the organization is to work alongside Carter County Tourism and Elizabethton High School for the city’s walking tour.
Another project coming through the pipeline is an art walk for downtown, Benfield said, which is currently slated for Septemeber.
A rejuvenation of the arts in the city, noting the Bonnie Kate Theater and Blue River Studio, is a key asset moving forward, Benfield.
“It’s great to see support for the arts in the community,” Benfield said. “That’s what we what to do. Assist with projects and continue to attract grant money for different items.”
Citizens coming together continues to be a trend locally. Whether its the Elizabethton IDEAS Group, Carter County Proud or others, Benfield said, it was great to see community members getting involved.
“All of this started with a grassroots movement,” he said. “It is very encouraging to see the community come together to pursue these different goals.”
With their sights set high for the coming months, Benfield added the public is invited to join the organization to assist with various events and endeavors.
For more information, visit the Elizabethton Arts and Cultural Alliance Facebook page online.

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