Lassen County Arts Council presents the Art of Wild Horses
July 19, 2013 — The Lassen County Arts Council's Community Art Event culminated this week at the Lassen County Fair with the adoption of more than 40 wooden horse cutouts. The adopters represented local businesses, nonprofit organizations and families who have beautifully decorated either a Racing Mustang or a Rising Stallion.
The purpose of the Community Art Event was to engage the community and local businesses in an art project and raise funds that will assist the arts council in bringing workshops, performances and special guests to the community.
“With this project the arts council's goal is to bring the community together and celebrate the design and creativity of local organizations, individuals, families and local businesses,” said council board member Roxanna Haynes.
Budget cuts to the California Arts Council a decade ago placed California in 50th place in the nation in per capita funding for its state arts agency. According to Haynes, “Much of the funding for the arts in our schools and performances in our community is generated through grants and fundraising; these funding sources vary from year to year, leaving our students and our community without a consistent opportunity to be exposed to fine arts, music and cultural experiences. This Community Art Event was a way to advance the arts and creativity within our community and raise funds through the adoptions for the Lassen County Arts Council.”
The arts council is hosting the event at the Lassen County Fair. This is the only time the public will be able to view all of the horses in one place. People were able to cast their vote for People's Choice Award, one for each style of horse (Rising Stallion or Racing Mustang), with the winner announced on the council's Facebook page and at the fair on Sunday morning. The horses were in the Lassen County Fair Parade, Saturday, July 20, 2013.
The Lassen County Arts Council would like to express its appreciation to adopters, project partners and event supporters for making its Community Art Event a success.
For more information on the Lassen County Arts Council, visit lassencountyartscouncil.org or Facebook at facebook.com/lassencountyartscouncil.
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