TOPS IN ARTS 2012: North county cultural scene year in review

Published: Friday, December 28, 2012 at 05:27 PM.

Working to raise more than a quarter-million dollars to fund the trip to Pasadena, the Big Red Machine found broad community support from parents, friends, businesses, civic leaders and local artists.

The Okaloosa County Board of Commissioners at its Dec. 6, 2011 meeting designated January 2012 “Crestview Band Month.”

2.  Chamber of Commerce establishes Arts & Culture Committee

The Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce placed emphasis on the value of arts and culture in the community as an integral part of the quality of life.

“It really is a question of livability,” committee chairperson Rae Schwartz said. “About a year ago, (Crestview City Councilman) Charles Baugh and I ended up at an all-day workshop with the Florida League of Cities that reminded us that businesses looking for a location or to relocate look at the livability of a community.

“That includes a lot of things, including recreation, shopping and schools, but it also includes cultural things such as the arts.”

The committee also benefits professional visual and performing artists, Schwartz said.

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