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The Arts Association

brings the world to Newton County by TORY BOUCHILLON

The Arts Association in Newton County has played a huge role in the development and success of Newton County for 30 years now. Its mission since 1989 has been “to encourage youth and adults in the community to participate in the arts both as audience and as artists and to present world-class artists to all the citizens of this area.” The Arts Association is a 501(c)3 organization. The initial mission was to bring the arts to Newton County by physically drawing artists and groups in to perform for the community. Since then, the Arts Association has continued bringing the arts to Newton County, but rather than bringing artists from the outside, it has started creating artists from within. Buncie Lanners, executive director of the Arts Association, explains everything the Arts Association has to offer. “We are trying to touch everything from birth to death – so to speak,” Lanners said with a laugh. “We have music and movement for little-bitty-tiny babies up to age 3, and then they can be in Princess Camps and Superhero Camps at dance. They can be in creative movement; they can start strings lessons at age 4. They can start Oxford Little Singers at kindergarten. Then 16 THE COVINGTON NEWS

they can progress through Oxford Singing Children and Oxford Youth Singers; they can be in Oxford Acting Company at eighth grade. They can be in Musical Theatre Camp at fourth grade – you see how we have all these entry points, and that’s through high school.” The aforementioned programs cover ages 3-18. If that wasn’t enough, the Arts Association also has a program called Theatre Covington in which anyone ages 16 and up can audition to participate in musicals. Additionally, Senior Series was recently started to allow members of their Young Artists’ Programs put on shows in assisted living homes. These aren’t the only ways the Arts Association impacts the community. Throughout the year, the Arts Association puts on free concerts on the square, and host acts like the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Trey Clegg Singers for the community to experience. “We try to bring the world to Covington and the surrounding area,” Lanners said. “One of the things I love about the free concerts on the square—both the luncheon and the nighttime – is that it covers all ages, all races, all religions, all cultures. And one of the things that I feel so passionately about with the NEWCOMER’S GUIDE 2019-2020

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