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Roswell forms arts commission
Tasked with promoting culture

by Jonathan Copsey

October 08, 2013

ROSWELL, Ga. Roswell has a Cultural Arts Center, numerous drama troupes and plenty of art galleries. Now, it has a Cultural Arts Commission to help bring all these elements together.

While Roswell has had a cultural arts board as a volunteer aspect of its city government, it has spun off to create its own groupto take a more direct role in cultivating Roswell's arts, serving as the primary advocate for the arts. It would be tasked with creating a strong, thriving, culturally rich arts community and creative economy through collaborative relationships, financial support, services for and promoting development of arts organizations, artists, cultural activity and cultural tourism in the city.

Rochelle Mucha was the chairperson of the cultural arts board (CAB) and is now heading up the new commission.

"One big change is a sharpness of focus and clarity," said Mucha.

The laws governing the CAB were many and, according to Mucha, did not address advocating the arts.

"That was lacking," she said.

The commission is still governed by the city, but they have more freedom now than as an arm of the city. Before, the board received no funding from the city, but was instead a "sounding board" for arts ideas within the city and would manage contracts.

"Now, we are moving from tactical and operational [thinking] to strategic," Mucha said.

The commission is working on aesthetic improvements around the city to further promote the arts and to help raise money for artistic and philanthropic endeavors.

"It means getting a seat at the table for these other [artistic] groups so the arts are looked from an event and date to an economic strategic part of a plan to help Roswell become the city it wants to be," Mucha said.

"The arts create jobs, stimulate consumer spending by pumping millions of dollars into state and local economies, promote cultural understanding and strengthen our civic pride," she said. "In Roswell, the arts matter."