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Do you believe that Newton County needs to have an arts presence?


covingtonteacher: November 6, 2011 8:02 a.m.

I wonder if the 15 people who feel that the arts are a "luxury" feel the same way about sports? All of our kids need an outlet for participating in something they love. It builds confidence, responsibility, and improves their chances for succeeding in school. In a county that is struggling academically the arts are something we cannot afford to lose.

sissyuga: November 6, 2011 10:48 a.m.

Having Arts available to all types of children is so valuable-academically and socially. The background knowledge that builds as a result of watching/participating in a live ballet or concert is stored into their memory. This first hand experience will make a difference in their life-go look it up for yourself. I am quite appalled and embarassed that this community would want to eliminate an Arts presence.

lovemytown: November 6, 2011 8:20 p.m.

The link between music and intellect as well as school performance have been well documented. Dr. Ben Carson says (paraphrased) it won't be the kid that can shoot the three pointer that will save our nation in 20 will be the kid who can solve the quadratic equation. We need the arts just as much as we need sports in our community. No one is talking about cutting out little league!

onmymind: November 7, 2011 12:30 p.m.

I have been a supporter of the arts and the Arts Association for many years. It has been proven time and time again how important the arts are to community. Not only do the arts provide a fun activity for people to attend or participate in but they also provide economic incentives as well as educational opportunities for children too. We are blessed to have non-profits in our community such as the Arts Association and Southern Heartland Art Guild who provide a needed resource and do so without any taxpayer funding. They operate solely upon donations from their supporters. I commend their efforts and hope more people will support their programs.

vkpeay: November 7, 2011 7:53 p.m.

We are fortunate to have the range of arts opportunities the Arts Association makes possible for our children in Newton County. As a homeschooling family we know that the quality and diversity of programs offered in this town are the best we can provide for our child. The Arts Association is a treasure!

djwalden: November 7, 2011 10:43 p.m.

The Arts Association in Newton County provides an essential service to our community, and especially to our children. Through the arts we ALL are made more human, and better citizens in a real way. Anything that we can do to support the arts in Covington and Newton County will make us a better community for years to come.

Brother: November 8, 2011 7:38 a.m.

The Arts Association needs new leadership Kathy Morgan stated it so elegantly last night at the comissioners meeting she said when you have the same people at one position for and extended period they become comfortable and single minded the folk at the the Arts does not consider other cultures that have contributed to building the association it is evident by the one sided crowds in the park they have created it reminds me of the crowds that use to gather at Stone Mountain they they have deliberately eliminated have of the population they she's to concerned about getting money to funnel to herself and her friends new leadership it needs to be abolished if new leadership is not put in place its in violation of its bylaws its a
scham that is going to be exposed the politics down there is sicking go ahead lady and bankrupt the place and leave that is whats on the drawing board it should not to be about just you a secret one person agenda.

Truth To POWER.

jtwagner2: November 8, 2011 8:35 a.m.

Dear Brother,

The Arts Association is strong and viable with a diverse governing board of local citizens. This organization is not funded by our local government but by private donation. The passion for our community by individuals at the Arts Association drives every decision. If you have constructive suggestions, get involved!

tcamfie: November 8, 2011 9:08 a.m.

My daughters enjoy many of the children's art programs such as the summer camp and the children's singing choir. These are open to all children in the area and there are even scholarships for families who want to be invloved but might need financial help. The diversity of musical groups, bands, concerts, etc. has been wonderful the past few years. I think there is something for everyone. It would be wonderful if there were a facility to house the programs such as a performing arts center. Most ATL area communities have one and even my own hometown of Moultrie, GA (smaller than Covington) had one in the 80's. The staff works very hard to make things in Covington better for the community and children and allows everyone to be a part of something so important as the ARTS!

BillM: November 8, 2011 10:33 a.m.

This poll is a bit unusual. The Arts Association is supported by charitable giving and user fees. It is not government supported. Consequently, asking whether it is a luxury we cannot afford is a non sequitur--if the area cannot afford it, then the Association would not be receiving the donations and user fees it needs to survive. The Association is the best possible organization of its kind--privately supported yet open to the public. The opportunities it provides for our kids to learn about the performing and visual arts are valuable to us all.

LHMolinaro: November 8, 2011 3:07 p.m.

I have been involved with the Arts Association as a patron, parent, and supporter since its founding in the mid-1980s. Newton County is indeed fortunate to have the private support of so many citizens and businesses, who recognize the importance of the arts in our small community. Many of our young people have benefited from participation in a variety of programs offered by this non-profit organization that receives no government funding.

lesliel: November 8, 2011 5:14 p.m.

Last night I was at Eastside High school while the Show Choir practiced for the fall musical. In the band room many citizens of all ages gathered to practice with the Community Band. A nice gentleman played "Moon River" for me as others unpacked their instuments with excitement for the rehearsal ahead. As I watched both groups as they gathered and practiced I realized how important the arts are in Newton County. The arts are for all ages and all races. They are for the kids at Washington Street Community Center and Newton County schools who come to watch Arts Association shows free of charge, they are for the hundreds of kids involved in the Young Artists Programs, they are for the people who take art classes and enjoy art, they are for the many citizens who enjoy a picnic on the square with a musical performance, and the arts are for you and for me. I applaud the Arts Association and the Southern Heartland Art Guild and their donors for keeping the arts alive in Newton County!

artline: November 8, 2011 10:53 p.m.

There can never be enough opportunities for the citizens of our community, both young, old and in- between, to participate in the arts. To be able to watch performances or view beautiful moving works of fine art lifts the human soul to a higher plane. These opportunities broaden our expectations for each other and for ourselves. We explore our inner selves asking, "Are there hidden talents I have within that are waiting to be discovered? I can sing. I can dance. I can act. I can draw. I can carve or sculpt. I can draw pictures with my words. "
How many children and adults could be captivated by the thrill of developing a talent? A talent that could bring them accolades of praise from their peers. A talent that could provide a career, a source of pride in themselves as well as a source of income.
Thank you to Southern Heartland Arts, Inc. and the Arts Association for providing exposure to the performing arts and exhibitions of fine art along with opportunities for workshops and scholarships!

pugugly: November 9, 2011 10:36 a.m.

The Art program provided by the Arts Association has been very benefitial to my family. I feel there is a variety of programs that are geared to many different interest. My children have been exposed to many different cultures and ideas through various programs. I think that these opportunities are just as important as the sports opportunities that my kids also enjoy. As a teacher, I know children that are exposed to the Arts are better critical thinkers. The Arts also foster a better understanding of other cultures and view points. This association is doing a great job here in Newton County!

emily_richardson29: November 9, 2011 4:58 p.m.

As an active participant in Arts Association's programs, I couldn't imagine Newton County without the arts. I have been involved with the Arts Association's programs since my first performance in the Nutcracker at age six. The arts have been a huge part of my life and I have grown up with a deep appreciation for the hard work and dedication that goes into the arts. I have also realized just how important being involved in the community is; I have met so many inspiring people who are passionate about what they work/volunteer for.

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