Dear Friend of the ARTS,
The Lorain Arts Council
is very proud of its accomplishments. As we look back on our
fourth year of operations in downtown Lorain and with the
opening of our new second gallery, The Elyria Art Depot,
in the City of Elyria, we acknowledge that it has been an
arduous journey, but a very fulfilling one.
With the success of having
started the first Black River Art Walk two years ago,
there are now other galleries and downtown merchants hosting new
Art Walks on Broadway. The Arts Council is also a part of those
Arts Walks and Festivals in downtown Lorain, from the
Sidewalk Sale in early spring of 2013 through all of the
parades including the International to the final Light Up
Lorain and the Christmas Sale in December 2013.
This year we started a new
tradition of having children and sometimes adults learn how to
craft a handmade Christmas ornament at no cost to them. The
ornaments were hung on our Christmas Wish Tree on the corner of
Broadway Ave and 8th Street. The best part of this community
activity was witnessing the inspirational wishes that were
attached to these ornaments.
We pride ourselves in
collaborating with the new Follow the Fish group, the
Downtown Decorating Committee, the new Downtown
Consortium, and the Tourism Council in working
together on many projects with the same goal—to bring
economic opportunity and prosperity to the City of Lorain.
The opening of the new
gallery and art center in Elyria—the Elyria Art Depot—marks
the culmination of 2 years of discussions with the mayor of
Elyria, the Honorable Holly Brinda. We have formed a
working partnership with Mayor Brinda to start an Art Community
in the City of Elyria and she is investing part of her salary to
cover half of the expenses along with the Lorain Arts Council.
After just six weeks, we are seeing a wonderful response from
the artists and residents of Elyria.
On a different note, the Lorain Arts Council is
collaborating with the Parish of Sacred Heart Chapel in
establishing an Art Challenge to obtain art to adorn the
walls and front of the Chapel.
We have also implemented
our High School Design contest with the winners receiving
a $200 scholarship prize and the teacher receiving a $50 gift
certificate. We are launching an ad hoc committee, under
the auspices of the Lorain Arts Council, to involve the
parents, teachers, and concerned residents in finding ways to
help bring back the Arts to the school systems. We feel very
strongly that all these efforts are in line with our Mission
statement: “To Provide, Promote, and Enhance the Arts in
Obviously, all of these
activities require means to get things done, not only the cost
of materials, research, and human resources, but the supporting
of our organization so we may keep fulfilling our Mission. To
that effect, we are respectfully seeking funding or in-kind
donations. We sincerely hope we can count on your organization
to help the Arts make a change in the lives of its residents.
We believe that the
leaders of today know the power of the Arts to transform a
community, creating jobs, income, and a brighter future for all
Sincerely y gracias,
President, Latino Arts Council
The Lorain Arts Council is having its 4th Annual
Fashion Fundraiser on March 22, 2014, from 6pm - 9pm at the
newly renovated Lorain County Transportation & Community
Center at 40 East Ave. The featured designer Jonathan
Anderson (Anderson Couture) was recently interview by Leon
Bib on Kaleidoscope and also on Chanel 43 by Boomer. He and the
other top Cleveland designer, Andrea Howell, have both
participated Invitational Fashion Week shows in New York.
The talent is highly quoted and the models are all professional
models from Yasin Cuevas (Model Project),
Cleveland. The VIP guest is the reigning Queen: Miss Ohio
Latina Stefanie Mercado!
¿Preguntas?Call me at 440-320-0295. The Lorain Arts Council is
located at 737 Broadway Avenue, Lorain.