First order of business, COPPeR
announced today that it's formally endorsing City for Champions
. COPPeR's board voted on the matter, feeling that the venture will ultimately benefit the arts here.
From new executive director Andy Vick
(with COPPeR's emphasis):
“According to a report commissioned in 2012, we know that out of town tourists already attend local art events and patronize existing cultural attractions throughout the community, helping the arts to generate an overall $72 million economic impact throughout the region. Out of town tourists also stay in our hotels, eat in our restaurants, and shop in our stores. These activities support local businesses and creative entrepreneurs, and generate additional Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax (LART) that is reinvested to help grow cultural & heritage tourism in our city.”
“In short, COPPeR believes that City for Champions is good for our creative community. We are proud to publically offer our support, and we welcome the opportunity to work closely with the leaders of this initiative to help build this exciting vision for our City’s future into a successful reality for us all.”
Now then, for events:
This weekend, look out for the closing reception of Laurel Justice
and Karen Khoury
's exhibit at G44 Gallery
, taking place Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. The artists will be on hand to discuss their work, as well as food and spirits.
Nearby, at the Millibo Art Theater
, Paul Mesner's The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf
will take the stage Saturday and Sunday as part of its Kids First Series. For those not familiar with Mesner, he's a puppeteer who studied, according to the MAT, at "the prestigious International Institute of Puppetry in Charleville-Mezier, France. Showtimes are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, each followed by cookies, milk and a craft. Tickets are $11.