Larry Vaught, chairman of the Russellville Arts Council, addressed the Logan County Fiscal Court Tuesday asking for financial support for the arts. Vaught and other volunteers organize productions throughout the year for the community’s youth, as well as adults, and wishes to start a city/county choir.
“The Russellville Arts Council wishes to thank the county for all of its support given to our Arts group this past four years,” said Vaught. “You have helped us by use of the courtroom for all of our productions.”
Some of the Arts Council productions include: It’s a Wonderful Life, An Evening with Mark Twain, Logan Has Talent, The Caveman Chorus, and youth productions of Suessical, Wed Widing Hood and School House Rock.
The council has also been very involved supporting the Logan County Middle School musicals such as Little Mermaid and Annie JR.
The council has supported the first high school musical Disney’s Mulan at Logan County High School this year. For the past four years, the council has sponsored a Summer Youth Drama camp including, Alladin JR., Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and this year’s production The Music Man JR. involving 65 area youth, three fourths of them in Logan County Schools.
“In addition to our drama program, we are trying to support an effort to establish a choral program for students from all schools in Logan County, which will become the backbone of an on-going emphasis that will touch many students, their parents, and the civic community as well,” said Vaught.
To accomplish the goals of the council, Vaught says it will take funding.
According to Vaught, the City of Russellville has contributed $2,000 to the council as an investment in the youth of the community. Vaught asked the magistrates Tuesday if they would consider matching that amount. The magistrates seemed very receptive to Vaught’s request.
County Attorney Joe Ross agreed this to be a worthwhile cause, but wanted to look into how the City of Russellville contributed the funds first and see if the county could mimic that process.
The request will be placed on the agenda at the next regularly scheduled meeting.
“It’s great working with our kids and it’s a great opportunity to keep kids out of trouble,” said magistrate Russell Poore. “Anytime we can do something for our kids to give them a bigger view of what life is really about.”