Ad Hoc has spent time over the last few weeks receiving and digesting ideas brought back to Lindsborg by a group that visited Berea, KY. The group went in search of how colleges and communities can work together -- and how the the fine arts and crafts can bolster economy and livability both both. Certainly there was grist for Bethany College and Lindsborg in Berea. It is home to the well-known and historic Berea College, as well as to a city that has embraced the creative as the key to its identity.
Our objective this morning was to identify efforts we'd like to support. Here's the list we started:
1.) Approach the Bethany College art faculty about our group's interest in working with them and BC students in whatever ways will bring to students good experiences and exposure.
2.) Assertively look for Ad Hoc events that can be brought to the campus or encourage BC to bring its events off campus. Maybe a "walk of local makers" on campus during portfolio review day? A "We Love Bethany" edition of 2nd Friday night Makers Street?
3.) Look for a visual symbol or metaphor for Aug. 26 street dance, "Bethany Arises.... Lindsborg Dances."
4.) Start an artists version of the Ad Hoc Roundtable. This would meet a real need for a regularly scheduled, open-ended creative crossroads.
5.) Use existing spaces -- bits and pieces -- in businesses to provide a public working space for creatives to demonstrate, work and sell. Taking this a step further? Establish a retail store to showcase Lindsborg and BC makers.
6.) Pursue a sister college/sister city relationship with Berea.
Local notes and reminders:
Tuesday, Aug. 1 Deadline to register for Swede Days Business Expo, which will be held in the Bethany student union from 9 to 2 Friday, Aug. 18
Friday, Aug. 5 complimentary sherbert zingers will be served in the lobby of Peoples Bank & Trust from 9-4
Sunday, Aug. 13 Bethany Home Ice Cream Social featuring house-made goodness. Free will donations accepted and music by the Crystal Creek Band
Saturday, Aug. 26 annual Lindsborg street dance being celebrated as "Bethany Arises... Lindsborg Dances." Stage situated on the 100 block of South Main with King Midas and the Muflers at 8, guitarist singer Sam Unruh opening at 7. SV After Prom Committee will serve BBQ sandwiches prior in nearby city parking lot.