Finding our groove

Malinda Shaver, Rip Smith deliver Berkeley Arts Council Information to Senator John Unger
Malinda Shaver and Rip Smith deliver Berkeley Arts Council information to Senator John Unger.

The Capitol in Charleston was humming Monday with fifty-some tables where the legislators and others had a chance to grasp the scope and variety of arts activities in the Mountain State. It was a first for Berkeley County: an “umbrella” organization was present to put our local artists and organizations in front of the legislators.

We were able to speak personally with several of our lawmakers, outlining the benefits of having an arts council. And we exchanged updates with several people we had met at the Arts Assembly. We had company, too, since at least three jurisdictions are in early stages of forming arts councils.

Watch for information soon on legislation that will lay the groundwork for integrating the arts into local economic recovery efforts. Your input can help make it happen.

And with your support the BAC will continue to grow and succeed.