BRISTOL - Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu and Councilman Greg Hahn today announced the formation of a task force to determine the feasibility of a Bristol Arts Council.
Artists, businesses, local organizations and members of the community are encouraged to serve on the task force by sending a letter of interest - or email - for consideration by Dec. 5.
“The arts are an integral part of any vibrant community,” said Hahn, who will serve as the chairman of the task force.
“We are looking to provide access and exposure to all arts and culture, as well as events happening in the city with the objective of leveraging resources and increasing the city’s profile.” Zoppo-Sassu said.
“It has been demonstrated in numerous studies, in cities across the United States, that arts and culture are important to a community’s quality of life, as well as can serve as an economic catalyst. The anticipation of what the Memorial Boulevard Theater will bring to downtown is but one example of this,” she continued.
The anticipated mission of the Bristol Arts Council will be to encourage and invest in the advancement of the arts for the people living and working here, as well as to attract audiences from the region.
The goals of the council will be to support various events, initiatives and organizations in their pursuit of artistic excellence, to ensure the accessibility of the arts to all citizens and to promote awareness of arts resources and opportunities.