Arts IMPACT seeks to boost Mt. Pleasant CultureWritten by Theresa Rose on June 22, 2016
The new Arts IMPACT group is working hard to promote all of the arts throughout the community of Mount Pleasant. Not even one year old, the group includes culturally-minded citizens determined to support a wide variety of artistic endeavors to enhance the quality of life in the community.
The Iowa Arts Council’s recent meeting in the community provided IMPACT with the opportunity to showcase the many historical and artistic interests in the community, and to call attention to some of the various organizations worthy of ongoing support in the town.
Paul Dennison, current Board Chairman of the Iowa Arts Council, stated that “The main reason we are able to host the Iowa Arts Council is Mount Pleasant Arts IMPACT. The IMPACT group shows the Council’s board members what can be done simply and with limited – but coordinated – resources.”
Iowa Arts Council meetings are normally held in Des Moines, but their recent meeting was held in Mount Pleasant. Board Members were taken on a tour of the town including an art exhibit in the Union Block with entertainment provided by an ensemble of Southeastern Iowa Symphony members. Afternoon activities for the group of Board members included a downtown tour of the Brazelton remodeling project exterior, the renewed Main Street Cinemas facility, and Iowa Wesleyan University tour featuring local art on the campus as well as the Harlan-Lincoln home, and a visit to the Old Threshers museums and Repertory Theatre Museum.
Mount Pleasant Arts IMPACT (Impacting Mount Pleasant Arts and Culture Together) continues to develop the arts in the community in the effort to improve the culture and quality of life for all residents.