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Cynthiana Arts Council: small town. big art.

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By The Staff

With the entrance of April and the coming of spring (cross your fingers), think art, because the Cynthiana Arts Council has big art plans for our small town.

On April 18 at 2:30 p.m., the Arts Council will host a Spring Sing at the Cynthiana Baptist Church, featuring performances by our own community choir, The Licking Valley Singers.

Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased at Maysville Community and Technical College or at the door that day.

On May 16, from 2-5 p.m., the Arts Council will sponsor a “Tour of Homes,” highlighting over six historic houses in Cynthiana.

Tickets will be available later this month at MCTC/LVC and Whalen and Company real estate office.

For more information, contact coordinator Beverly Cooper at (859)954-0606.

A community theater event is scheduled for this summer, along with the second annual Art Walk on July 23-24, now sponsored by the 3M Foundation.

And the many spring and summer events are only a small testament to the group’s success.

“The Arts Council has grown from a small band of committed individuals who pulled together a few events for the community each year to an organization with upwards of 40 members, a calendar of events that have included Chautauqua performances, artist exhibits, support of a writing workshop/contest, the organization of our community choir, an annual Art Walk extravaganza, partnerships with our historic Rohs theater, our local public library and local retail businesses and corporations,” said Arts Council president Karen Bear.

It’s the Arts Council’s mission to bring the wonder, joy and enrichment of art to those in Cynthiana.

“Imagine a world without the opportunity to experience art in all its genres, or a world where self expression through these art forms was forbidden?” Bear said. “Art tells us about who we are, from where we have come and often where we are going. It is vital to a living growing community that arts experiences and art education be available to everyone.”

So get out the tanning lotion, dust off your shorts and mark your calendars for a spring and summer filled with local art.

“We want our community to see itself as a place where our art and artists can flourish with pride, where they can share their work and where those without any notion of how the visual and performing arts might enrich their lives will have opportunities to explore them,” Bear said. “We need listeners and performers, we need creators and appreciators.”

For more information about the Cynthiana Arts Council and upcoming events, visit its Facebook profile or online at its new website www.cynarts.org.