NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio – After a year without community promotion, the Olmsted North Arts Commission hopes to use the post-pandemic reopening to encourage more residents to join the large cluster of cities.
“We want to help North Olmsted grow and mature,” said North Olmsted Arts Commission chairman Keith Behrendt. “One of the ways for any community to do this is to promote the arts in the community.
“So we’re redefining our efforts to focus more on developing the arts in North Olmsted. We have been to many events, which have been very successful, but we are looking to add new people who can also provide new ideas and additional new directions that we had not thought of before.
While the North Olmsted Arts Commission recently established an art gallery for veterans, Behrendt said the group is looking to broaden its definition of the arts to cover everything from performance, public and visual arts to music.
“My background is actually community theater, and we’ve done some things in the past with the arts commission, but we can still do more, like promoting a community group or orchestra,” Behrendt said.
“It’s something that would be beneficial, and we have the resources to do it. We need people who understand the arts.
Currently, the group, which has around a handful of members in hopes of doubling that number, is looking for talented residents interested in volunteering their time. Those with an interest or experience in the fine arts, performing arts, marketing, graphic design or a related field are encouraged to email or call the planning department at 440-716-4134.
Another example of the expansion of the reach of the North Olmsted Arts Commission is the recently added public artwork in the new Butternut Ridge Road Pocket Park.
The president said he didn’t have to look far to see the positive impact of public art.
“Lakewood is a good example,” Behrendt said. “This city has become much more involved in public art.”
Mayor Kevin Kennedy said the arts commission serves the community very well. He hopes that interested residents will come forward.
“There must be a number of people on the arts commission, but we’re always looking to add new people who come to town or who have a special talent to offer,” Kennedy said.
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