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Yoknapatawpha Arts Council

Censorship, not controversial art, is in bad taste

The business of using ideology to deny people and programs much-needed money is, local columnist Deidra Jackson writes, getting old. Jackson brings the issue from the national stage with FEMA to locally with the Board of Supervisors pulling funding for the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. (October 6, 2011, Page 4)

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    County pulls YAC funds

    Three of five Lafayette County supervisors voted to pull the annual $15,000 appropriation for the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council during their regular meeting Monday due to an art show scheduled to be held at The Powerhouse last week but was later moved to private property. Supervisor Robert Blackmon has requested the issue be brought back up at the next supervisor’s meeting on Nov. 7. (October 4, 2011, Page 1)

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      Vote sparks outrage among art supporters

      Art supporters took to social media and phones to express their outrage over the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors decision to cut the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council funding on Monday. A Facebook group already has over 500 followers showing their support of the arts. Not everyone disapproved of the decision though. (October 4, 2011, Page 12)

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        Art show interference sets troubling precedent

        Oxford EAGLE News Editor Jonathan Scott expresses concern that Mayor Pat Patterson’s recent involvement in one particular artist’s show and its appropriateness to be displayed at The Powerhouse could be setting a precedent that seriously affects the growing local art community. Scott takes a closer look at the actions surrounding the “Scratch and Sniff” show, and suggests that the Arts Council ought to have more say than the mayor in what is displayed. (September 29, 2011, Page 4)

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          Art controversy results in big crowds

          Scratch and Sniff, an art show planned for Tuesday at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center was moved suddenly after urging of city officials. The controversy resulted in larger than expected crowds at the art reception. (September 28, 2011, Page 1)

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            Arts Council raising funds for free art camp

            To help children get art year round and for free, the Arts council is reaching out for crowd funding help on the internet. To learn how to donate, visit www.indiegogo.com/Art-Camp-for-City-Children (July 5, 2011, Page 6)

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              YAC improves financial footing

              The arts council began its first endowed fund with a $10,000 donation and plans to continue to expand the fund in coming years. (July 1, 2011, Page 14A)

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                For Your Consideration

                Artists in a variety of forms are showing off their art at this weekend’s Double Decker Arts Festival. Their pieces are on display for judges, and aren’t necessarily part of the vendors’ wares around the Square. Take a closer look at some of the entries and what the artists are trying to do in the Oxford Living feature that reminds Double Decker attendees that they can cast a ballot in the People’s Choice category as well as take a look at the juried entries. (April 29, 2011, Page 1B)

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                  Oxford’s art community bands together

                  Oxford’s art community came together last weekend for the first Oxford Art Crawl. The free, monthly event allows participants to travel around to several galleries via the Double Decker bus. See today’s Oxford Living for the story. (March 25, 2011, Page 1B)

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                    Powerhouse burglary being investigated

                    Oxford Police detectives are investigating a burglary that occurred at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center sometime late Saturday night or early Sunday morning. More than $1,000 was stolen. (February 21, 2011, Page 2)

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