DAA plans evening for arts
by Courtney Warren
Sep 04, 2014 | 1052 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Delta Arts Alliance will host its annual membership meeting on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

The Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce will also host a ribbon cutting at the grand opening of Studio 230 at 6:30 p.m., which will coincide with the Delta Arts Alliance’s membership meeting.

Following the ribbon cutting, Studio 230 will offer a small reception that is open to the public.

Rori Herbison, executive director of the Delta Arts Alliance, said everyone is welcome.

" Our doors are open to everyone always, but most particularly this night - the night of our annual membership meeting. This night serves as a yearly invite to those loyal, ardent supporters of the Delta Arts Alliance, arts education and the arts, to the mildly curious and the most casual observer of the Delta Arts Alliance.

"If you've ever been curious or thought to yourself, what is that building with the beautiful, colorful horse outside and blinking marquee? If you've ever read, heard or seen press about our organization and said to yourself, 'I have really got to get by there and see more, hear more,' this is your night, your chance," she said.

Herbison said several things would happen at the meeting. "This is the night we update our members on the news of the year, as well as welcome in a new slate of officers and board members, and equally important to our sustained success, Tuesday night will serve as the official kick-off to our annual membership drive. We ask the community to pledge their support to our work and efforts in this city, county, state and region," she said.

Membership is important to the Delta Arts Alliance as they continue to offer after school classes, programs, and a place to celebrate the arts.

Herbison stressed the importance of pledges.

"Members are defined in the organization's by-laws as those current on annual membership dues. We have several levels of support, including a student rate of $15, individual rate of $25, family rate of $50, patron level at $100, sustaining level at $500, but patrons can also make a pledge that best fits their budget, if it is outside of the set amounts.

"The programmatic work of our organization has learned to stretch every dollar, and it's true what they say, every dollar really does count. We are grateful for the support," she said.

Herbison said these pledges help support this organization and their mission to connect opportunity with creativity, experience with experiment, the arts to all.

"The Delta Arts Alliance is committed to one singular, specific mission, in its most basic measure, to connect. Every aspect of Delta Arts Alliance's community work is focused on connecting, whether through its stalwart artist-in-residence program which provides arts education in the public schools, while connecting artists with employment opportunities; or its rapidly growing after-school program that has grown from one program and three classes to five diverse programs with 12 individual offerings coupled with its on-going First Saturday and summer workshops.

"All total, these sustained efforts and creative programmatic work connects arts education opportunities with over 6,000 children in one calendar year," she said.

Herbison added that the DAA connects artists throughout the Delta.

"Additionally, the Delta Arts Alliance works diligently connecting artists with both exhibition opportunities, whether in its multi-level gallery space at 104 Court Street or through its partnerships with the Bologna Performing Arts Center and Bolivar County Library System, and professional development experiences through its Artist Survival Series, a four-part bootcamp aimed at developing aspiring artists business acumen," she said.

Flight 2020 will also have its exhibition opening that night at 6 p.m.

Flight 2020: The Vision of Cleveland is a community-based art project.

The plan is to take these ideas in hopes that they will come to fruition by 2020

"Flight 2020 returns for its third year in the exhibition rotation. It's an idea that was born from one of board members, Cetin Oguz, behind a simple query—what does Cleveland look like in 2020? What is this community's potential? We've continued to revisit because it is an exhibition that interactively engages our town, our home, our neighbors to take a vested interest in our direction; to take art and create from those experiences, work through concerns, dialogue about aspirations," said Herbison.

"This year, we are welcoming in new viewpoints with a group of super intelligent and incredibly intuitive teenagers, as well as emerging community leaders through the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Program. It promises to be a show that makes you think and hopefully, respond actively, connect and stay connected to our story as a town, our direction as a community. It's important," she said.

For more information about the member meeting or about the Delta Arts Alliance call (662) 843-3344.