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October 3, 2013

Huntington arts summit will be Tuesday

ASHLAND — The second free Huntington Arts Summit is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

“This second summit should begin to solidify how we are going to address all the many great ideas generated by this group last year,” Margaret Mary Layne, executive director of the Huntington Museum of Art, said.

The meeting will open with a meet-and-greet and music provided by the Modock Rounders. There will be a large map of the city and attendees are invited to add to the art venues already listed on the map.

“The Huntington Arts Summit provides our community an opportunity to assure that ‘the arts community’ establishes its proper voice as we plan the direction of our city,” Huntington Mayor Steve Williams said. “Huntington is a dynamic, diverse and thriving arts community. We must strengthen our collective voice to assure that we continue to nurture the better nature of our community by advancing our artistic expression beyond the ordinary. I am looking forward to assembling again for the second consecutive year to exclusively discuss the future and direction of arts in our city.”

The agenda for the meeting includes opening remarks by Margaret Mary Layne, executive director of the Huntington Museum of Art, followed by presentations by Mitzi Sinnott on the “Snapshot” project; Cabell County Schools Superintendent Bill Smith on the Incubator School and Expeditionary Learning; and David Seth Cyfers and Jill LaFear on Ackenpucky.

Other presentations include Don Van Horn, Dean of the Marshall University College of Arts and Media, discussing the new Marshall University Visual Arts Center and Williams giving a presentation on the importance of the arts to Huntington.

The meeting includes information on completing the Certified Arts Community application presented by Tyson Compton of the Cabell-Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau, and a review of the 2012 Huntington Arts Summit by Bre Shell of the City of Huntington.

Margaret Mary Layne will make a presentation on a proposed infrastructure for continuing the summit on an annual basis followed by group discussions and planning sessions led by Sarah Denman, Marshall University provost, retired, and Phoebe Randolph of Edward Tucker Architects.

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