After a rainstorm caused Double Decker Arts Festival organizers to change to a two-day event this year, the positive feedback led the Tourism Council to approve turning the festival into a planned two-day event for April 29-30, 2011. (May 21, 2010, Page 1A, 2A)
For the first time in its 15-year history, the Double Decker Arts Festival rescheduled the bulk of its festivities from Saturday to Sunday due to the threat of severe weather. The new music lineup re-arranges the slate of bands, from a one-day concert on two stages to a two-day concert on a single stage. Headliner Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings are still performing Saturday night. Art booths and food vendors are to open on the Square Sunday starting at 10 a.m.
We just thought Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings were headlining the 15th annual Double Decker Arts Festival. Since midweek, however, we’ve found that it’s really Mother Nature this year. Editor Don Whitten looks at the weather’s effect on the popular event and all of the scrambling local officials have done over the past 48 hours. (April 23, 2010, Page 4A)
To keep the arts sustainable in a weak economy, Wayne Andrews, the director of the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, knew when he took the job that the council would need to help art groups stand on their own two feet. A new season pass program may be just the ticket to help accomplish this.
In addition to this new initiative to bring more people to more cultural events, YAC is debuting a new darkroom for local shutter bugs. (March 19, 2010, Page 1A)
OXFORD LIVING — Being a volunteer takes on special meaning for 20 North Mississippi Regional Center clients. As part of a program that began in 2005, the clients with a variety of developmental disabilities work at numerous volunteer stations throughout Oxford to help make an impact on the community. The volunteers are involved throughout 28 different organizations in the community. (March 12, 2010, Page 1B)
OXFORD TOWN — The Powerhouse is hosting its first annual art sampler called ‘Interaction’ on Saturday at 7 p.m. The event is hosted by Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, Ballet Oxford and the Oxford Songwriters Association. (March 2, 2010, Page 5)
Meets for breakfast from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Ole Miss Catering banquet suite located at 123 Heritage Drive. Featured speaker this week will be Wayne Andrews, director of the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. The YAC is responsible for bringing various events and programs to Oxford and Lafayette County. Guests are invited. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Scott Thompson at 816-9898 or visit www.oxford-olemissrotary.com. (March 1, 2010)
The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council has received a $3,000 grant from the Elizabeth Firestone Foundation to promote local artists. The Arts Council aims to create a book that documents artists’ work, studio spaces and galleries. (February 1, 2010, Page 2)
OXFORD TOWN — The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council is launching a new series of art classes for 2010, featuring classes by artist Hilary Maslon. (January 7, 2010, Page 5)