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Arts council has high hopes for 10-year plan

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The New Albany Arts Council has begun to implement parts of its 10-year plan.

The plan, completed earlier this year, includes eight projects or objectives, with potential ways to achieve the goals and meet the challenges the New Albany Arts Council might face.

Kathy Mayhorn, the arts council's board president, said the plan is timely because the organization celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2013.

She said board members reviewed what had and had not worked in the past and came up with ideas for the organization to expand its presence and offer more programs for the community.

The plan's eight projects and objectives, with projected implementation, are to:

* Send students to a junior musical festival. The arts council would need to raise an estimated $15,000 to participate in a festival in 2015 in Atlanta. The arts council has formed a group to work on the initiative.

* Add new board members with specific skills and interests, which would be an ongoing project. Mayhorn said the arts council already has begun the process by soliciting some new board members.

* Add workshops for children and adults, which could focus on visual arts, music, theater and dance. Workshop fees could fund some of the programs.

* Focus the arts council on three departments -- visual arts, music and theater -- to be able to expand programs and add new ones, such as a youth show choir.

* Form a high school traveling theater group, which could begin in 2016. Fees could help offset the cost of the program.

* Add a part-time administrative assistant by 2016 if funding could be identified.

* Form an adult community theater. Mayhorn said there has been a lot of interest but the arts council has not yet found funding for the program.

* Partner with local organizations to hold a three-day community arts festival.

The arts council's next program is the annual Concert on the Commons, which is set for 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 29, on the New Albany High School lawn.

The concert will feature the New Albany Chorus, the New Albany Community Band, cast members from the arts council's junior musical, My Son, Pinocchio Jr., and jazz pianist Scott Sadoff and guitarist Chris Klopfenstein.

Selected music from the theatrical stage, films and television will be performed.

Robert Westbrook of New Albany will serve as master of ceremonies.

Admission will be free. Those who attend are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets for lawn seating.

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