When art lovers browse through art galleries, they delight in seeing the finished product of the artist. Rarely, however, are they able to catch a glimpse of where the masterpiece started.
Recently, several local artists of varying mediums opened the doors to their studios and invited the public in to share their work in the place where it was created. (December 10, 2010, Page 1B)
The Lafayette Oxford Foundation for Tomorrow, or LOFT, donated more than $20,000 in grant money to several area nonprofit organizations. Each year, LOFT can distribute 4 to 5 percent of its endowment in grants.
Some of this year’s recipients include: Oxford Medical Ministries; Interfaith Compassion Ministry; The Leap Frog Program; and Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. (December 9, 2010, Page 1)
Organizers of the annual Holiday Ornament Auction, the major fundraiser for the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, has made some changes this year to bring back the spirit of past success. (November 24, 2010, Page 1A)
Local students have a chance to help write a novel this year as the Lafayette Oxford Public Library and Yoknapatawpha Arts Council have teamed up to have a community-wide collaborative story.
The Powerhouse Community Arts Center received a $94,400 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission this week to help with the second phase of renovations for the building.
The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council worked with Oxford Mayor Pat Patterson to receive a previous grant for $100,000 from the state Arts Commission. This enabled the Arts Council to apply for a second round of funding that will be used on the interior of the Powerhouse, primarily to upgrade the technical equipment, stage and seats.
This is just a portion of the projected $500,000 in renovations that are planned for the theater space, said Wayne Andrews, director of the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. (October 14, 2010, Page 1)
As the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council enters the last week of online voting to win $20,000 from Tom’s of Maine, Bullseye 95.5 will host a radio-thon on its new morning show, the Big Hot Sho. The show offers original comedy sketches and song parodies designed for the Oxford market. (September 3, 2010, Page 3A)
While there are no canoes, butterflies or swimming pools involved, the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council is offering adult summer “camps” that will help grownups learn more about their creative talents.
The classes include learning how to take photographs on black-and-white film and developing them in a dark room; how to convert your home movies to DVD; and an introduction to the basics of composition, light, sound and camera movement when filming with video. (June 4, 2010, Page 1A)
The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council and Leda Swan Inc. present free tap dance classes Wednesday evenings through May 26 at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center. The classes are open to all ages with no experience (or tap shoes) required. (April 30, 2010)
The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council hosts its annual membership picnic Saturday, May 8, from 5-8 p.m. at Plein Air Green in Taylor. Featuring music by The Cakewalkers and Jake Fussell and Jamison Hollister, with food and fun for the whole family. The event is free to YAC members and non-members are invited to join the arts council. (April 30, 2010)
The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council hosts an opening reception for the Double Decker Juried Art Show Friday from 7–9 p.m. at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public. The evening includes a preview of artists who will be exhibiting at the Double Decker and other regional artists. The winners of this year’s award will be announced at the reception. (April 20, 2010)