Excitement for Delta arts runs deep in new Alliance director
by Courtney Stevens
Aug 01, 2013 | 1946 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
When discussing the Delta Arts Alliance and the future of promoting the arts throughout the Delta, Rori Herbison is beyond excited.

Herbison was recently named executive director of Delta Arts Alliance and describes the DAA as having a "lure and magic to it."

Originally from New York, Herbison began working along the East Coast as a journalist until she came to the Delta by way of Delta State University in 1999.

It was there that Herbison became a graduate assistant, met her husband and decided to stay the Delta.

When asked how she became so involved in the DAA, Herbison says it all began when a flyer was sent home from school in her daughter's backpack.

The flyer was a DAA advertisement for dance classes, and once Herbison signed her daughter up, she said they were "hooked pretty early."

"When the opportunity came for my family and I to get involved further with something that meant so much to us personally, it was a no brainer. I am honored and privileged to be in this position now."

Recently when DAA was going through a period of transition, Herbison was asked to help out and she said she was more than happy to, serving as interim director.

"It just makes sense. Everything I have done on my resume only benefitted what I will be able to do at the DAA. It's easy to be excited about such a thing."

Herbison and the rest of the DAA members have big plans for the fall and spring programs and she said the "mission is always going to be those three things, the Delta, art, and alliance."

The DAA will continue to create partnerships across the Delta to better promote the arts and help people "find their voice."

One change with the DAA is that there will be more accessible hours.

"We want to be here for people to come in and get involved at any time."

By extending hours to Thursdays and during lunch, Herbison feels people will find it easier to stop by and get involved.

"Art has the ability to connect us all," Herbison said. "As we more forward I am excited about all of the things we have planned."

Herbison has a passion for her new position and is thankful for the community's and Delta's support in the DAA.

"The support is constant, we wouldn't be where we are without it."