Chamber forms cultural arts committee

Published 8:59 pm Monday, July 7, 2014

The Pike County Chamber of Commerce is continually looking for ways to promote Pike County, at home and beyond the county borders. In so doing, the Chamber has formed another committee that is designed to bring great awareness to the cultural arts opportunities available through arts organizations within the county.

“Pike County is rich in the cultural arts and the Chamber wanted to find ways to expose the cultural arts locally and also alert surrounding communities to what Pike County has to offer,” said Kathy Sauer, Chamber president. “To do so, the Chamber established a cultural arts committee made up of local arts organizations. The committee is representative of a majority of the arts organizations and others are welcome to join.”

Sauer said members of the Cultural Arts Committee are the Troy Arts Council, the Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center, the Johnson Center for the Arts, the Brundidge Historical Society, the City of Troy Cultural Affairs and Tourism Office, the Pioneer Museum of Alabama and the Troy University music and theater departments.

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“By coming together and working together the lines of communication will be open,” Sauer said. “Hopefully, awareness of the cultural arts events that are planned will increase interest among the organizations and encourage the organizations to support each other. Communication is the key.”

Sauer said another benefit of the Cultural Arts Committee is the generation of public awareness. “As a committee, we want to market the arts in Pike County and increase public awareness as to how we can grow the cultural arts,” she said. “We want to grow the arts in Pike County and in other areas of the state. To do so, we plan to market the cultural arts in a brochure that will highlight all Pike County has to offer.”

Sauer said having the Pike County Cultural Arts brochures in welcome stations around the state is a way to reach a wide range of people including tourists.

“The Chamber has just compiled a listing of different cultural arts events for the Alabama Tourism Department and several regional magazines,” she said. “These magazines will help generate more interest in what we have to offer in Troy and Pike County.”

For more information, contact the Pike County Chamber of Commerce office at 334-566-2294.