Chamber of Commerce Arts and Culture Committee gains focus

Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 02:28 PM.

• Displaying local visual artists’ works for the business community at monthly chamber of commerce breakfasts.

Schwartz entertained suggestions by Tom Moody, long-time chamber member and former chairperson of several chamber committees, that he said would help her committee refine its focus and mission.

While the committee serves as a sort of brokerage between disparate community cultural and arts groups and potential business patrons, Moody expressed concern that it could also be duplicating some organizations’ efforts more than serving as a liaison between them and the business community.

Schwartz, who is involved in several of the local arts organizations, including being president of the Okaloosa Arts Alliance, the county’s official arts agency, welcomed Moody’s suggestions, saying, “I’ve been secretary many times but this is the first time I’ve been chairman of a chamber committee.”

Moody and Schwartz discussed providing an arts and culture component to the April 6, 2013, downtown Triple-B barbecue festival. Relevant booths at Main Street’s south end would form a sort of “cultural village.”

Schwartz praised the helpfulness of Moody’s recommendations and urged committee members to pitch in to help as goals solidify.

“We do want this year to show productivity,” she said. “To be effective, we need commitment from committee members.”

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