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Potter County Picked For National Pilot Program

April 24th, 2022

Potter County is one of six locations selected nationwide for a yearlong pilot project to create a vibrant arts culture that can support community and economic development. Commissioner Paul Heimel and local musician and educator Arthur Metzger represented the county in the national kickoff for the “Creative Counties Placemaking Challenge: Arts & Culture as an Economic Driver” initiative, sponsored by Americans for the Arts. Potter County’s project involves the use of schools, libraries, artisans, local leaders and volunteers to integrate the arts into and tourism marketing and community planning. Last week’s kickoff will be followed by one-on-one tutorials with experts in the field to develop strategic plans. Each of the other five national pilot projects will be working on other strategies that could also benefit Potter County. These include:

  • Greenbriar County, W. Va., using the arts to promote rehabilitation, healing and recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.
  • Puna Community, Hawaii, employing the arts to address poverty and strengthen a sense of community and appreciation for the local culture and environment.
  • LaCrosse County, Wisc., integrating the arts with other activities to raise awareness of the impact of climate change on rural communities.
  • Perry County, Ohio, using the arts to deepen appreciation for, and protection of, outdoor recreation and the environment.
  • Van Buren County, Mich., addressing mental illness and physical well-being with the arts, involving the court system, local governments and other partners.
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