Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Ketchum council supports arts

As arts advocates, we are actively engaged in promoting the well-being of our community through the contributions of the arts. We understand the importance of the arts both economically and to our quality of life.

The current Ketchum City Council has clearly recognized the significance of the arts to the health not only of the city, but of the whole of the Wood River Valley. They have been thoughtful, creative and proactive about how to use, engage and celebrate the rich cultural offerings in our community.

In 2007, members of the current council participated, in part, in supporting an economic study conducted by the local arts groups. The study indicated that the arts' impact on the economy was approximately $15 million annually.

The council supported development of Town Square, thus creating a gathering place for the town as well as a venue for performing arts. The council has supported the summer sculpture exhibits on Fourth Street. They supported creating an arts commission to ensure the arts were integrated into the fabric of the city, signifying their understanding that arts draws cultural visitors who stay longer, spend more and often become permanent residents or second-home owners.

They supported the creation of Kagan Park. The current Council also welcomed new art into the city through donations and exhibitions appreciating the expanded knowledge those gifts provided for everyone.

They realize that partnering with local arts groups is good for the whole community. That thinking demonstrates a kind of long-term vision about Ketchum and the Wood River Valley that ensures a future for our residents and visitors. We appreciate the vision and efforts of the current administration.

Claudia McCain, Gail Severn, Trina Peters, Marybeth Flower, Kristin Poole, Anne Winton, Robin Reiners, Andria Friesen, Carey Molter, Minette Broschofsky and L'Anne Gilman


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