While visiting large metropolitan areas, I often get lost in art, design or music districts. And, in some small cities, the whole town serves as a Mecca for the arts. With all of its architecture and talent, Macon is definitely set up to provide the best of both worlds.
Over the years, our local events have found a medium between being too conservative or radical. Moreover, organizers and promoters have made attempts in Macon to create events that target a diverse audience.
Although we have some voids, when it comes to engaging our youth with the arts, hosting more international festivals and nurturing our grass-roots art colonies, Macons art scene is really unfolding.
Mercer Universitys Tattnall Square Center for the Arts project is a great step toward connecting our community. With the correct planning and programming, the center will meet the needs of an array of artists from local to global.
The Tattnall Square Center for the Arts serves dual purposes. It is a community arts center and home of Mercers theater department.
I get excited about these type of happenings.
On another note, if you havent noticed, our citys Parks and Recreation Department has been implementing more summer and after-school programs including dance, theater and writing.
On Tuesdays from 5-6 p.m., I instruct a creative writing class for youth ages 8-14.
Finally, for all you public radio listeners, tune in to hear Roger Riddle and me give you a weekend preview of what is happening in Middle Georgia, every Friday with Adam Ragusea on WMUM 89.7. Our segment airs at 6:35 a.m. and 8:35 a.m.
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Yolanda Y-O Latimore is founder of Poetic Peace Arts, Macons representative on the Knight National Arts Advisory Board and director of Like Water Publicity, a media and booking agency. Contact her at email@example.com.