Over 100 members of the
community turned out for the Arts Around the Square to support Cuthbert’s local
artists and students. Art exhibits in two historic buildings downtown abounded
with the artwork of faculty, students, local artists, and visiting artists.
Historical information on each of the buildings around the Square was printed
on canvases and displayed in the storefronts. Amazingly, many of the merchants
were unaware of the historical significance of their property and were so
appreciative of our efforts that they agreed to keep the displays up on a
permanent basis. Other downtown property owners off the Square have asked that
we do the same for them, and we are including those as an addition to this
A couple of weeks before the
Arts Festival, Andrew College provided a dinner-theatre interactive murder
mystery in two locations on the Square, entitled “Murder on the Square.” This
production gave the community a firsthand insight to the enjoyment of the arts
in a community setting, acting as a catalyst for building community interest in
the Arts Around the Square festival.
As we grow our presence
within the community with a focus on promoting the Fine Arts, Andrew College is
quickly becoming an economic driver for downtown revitalization. Our community
and visitors at all age levels are able to learn more about our history while
being positively influenced by the world of art.