Our View: Embracing the arts

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Craig Editorial Board, July 2009 to September 2009

  • Bryce Jacobson, newspaper representative
  • Joshua Roberts, newspaper representative
  • Collin Smith, newspaper representative
  • Kim McMurtrey, community representative
  • Doris Zimmerman, community representative
  • Nancy Hettinger, community representative

On the cover of Saturday's newspaper was a story about a local couple, Ricky and Katie Ratzlaff, who are operating an independent, commercial-free radio station from the basement of their Craig home.

In Monday's paper was a preview of that night's first Craig Concert Association-sponsored performance of the 2009-10 season.

And, in the days leading up to these stories, there was coverage on the high school's rehearsal efforts for its next musical, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."

These efforts are just a snapshot of the numerous and varied artistic efforts put on by Craig and Moffat County residents, and it seems that the community has an appetite and appreciation for their works.

As one Editorial Board member pointed out, it's difficult to encounter someone in town who isn't an artist in some manner.

It seems most everyone has an outlet for his or her creativity, which is a positive and refreshing character trait for our community, and something that makes us more well-rounded.

However, with such an established but spread-out art community, a question that should be asked is, "can the many talented local artists and groups be brought together under one banner?"

Can this be done to better provide for the community and also give artists a better avenue to access audiences?

With a central organization for artists, all artistic efforts could be united and better packaged.

It could help with the launch of a formal community theater group, as some communities have.

It could be an outlet for opening a local art gallery, hosting performances or be a focal point from which to apply for and acquire grants.

Most importantly, it could be key in marketing Craig and Moffat County as a destination for tourists who want to see the works our community has to offer, thereby stimulating the local economy.

The art community we have is just fine as it is.

But with a little more organization and foresight, the Editorial Board thinks that perhaps our community can become something better - like a springboard for artists to be seen by more than just residents.

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