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Creative Conversations and New Art District in Thomasville, Ga.

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THOMASVILLE, Georgia; (October, 2013): Thomasville Center for the Arts will proudly host Creative Conversations: “Strengthening Community through Creative Placemaking” on Friday, October 11th from 12:00 – 1:00PM at the Center’s new adult studios located at 209 West Remington Avenue. Michele Arwood, Executive Director of Thomasville Center for the Arts, will moderate. Admission is free and the public is highly encouraged to attend.

Creative Conversations is presented annually by Americans for the Arts during National Arts and Humanities month to bring together local arts and community leaders to elevate the profile of the arts in America. “For seven years, Creative Conversations have been innovation incubators for a new generation of arts leadership,” says Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “The program provides the opportunity for arts leaders across the country to create a local community event that can bring together arts, business and civic leaders.”

The purpose of the Thomasville conversation is to bring together local and regional arts figures, all of whose unique expertise will contribute to shaping and strengthening Thomasville through Creative Placemaking – a strategy which combines art, culture, and creativity to build a vibrant arts community and in turn fuels a thriving economy.

The discussion will also involve plans for the proposed downtown arts district anchored by a trailhead and open public space, or ‘urban parlor’, set in the triangle formed by Jackson Street, and Remington and Madison Avenues – known locally as The Bottoms. A southern connector will lead to Victoria Place, an area intended to become a flourishing urban development just outside of the arts district.

The Creative Conversations panel will consist of Kenneth von Roenn, Director of the Florida State University Master Craftsman Studio, who will discuss the role of community engagement through public art; Lee Todd, Director of Community Relations at SCAD Atlanta will speak about the benefits of partnerships between institutions like SCAD and the Center for the Arts, and the demands of today’s creative youth; Julie Guyot, Thomasville Center for the Arts’ Artist-in-Residence will speak of the evolving needs of artists, developing work in a creative community, and the importance of artistic collaboration; and Susan Hable Smith, Textile Designer for Hable Construction, will discuss the comparative aspects of the arts in cities large versus small, and of the importance of unity within the artistic community.

To learn more about Creative Conversations: “Strengthening Community through Creative Placemaking” at Studio 209, or to become a Center for the Arts member, visit www.thomasvillearts.org or call229.226.0588, ext. 111.

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