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David Platts sees art as an equalizer when it comes to opportunities and access for children.
Platts, who works closely with Lancaster County Council of the Arts, spoke of the power of the arts during his visit to Lancaster City Hall on Tuesday, July 23.
He and LCCA Executive Director Debbie Jaillette gave City Council an update on the agency, which provides an array of arts-related programs geared toward children, adults, county residents and tourists.
Platts, an arts specialist with the local school district, said LCCA tries to educate children through the arts.
Examples include its banner project and the annual staging of “The Nutcracker” ballet. More than 70 area children performed in the ballet last year.
Regardless of age, race, gender or socio-economics, the arts are open to any child who wishes to partake, he said.
“The arts are a level playing field,” Platts said. “They bring us together as a community.”
Jaillette mentioned that LCCA had its annual meeting June 20. The event saw the election of the agency’s new board members for 2013-14.
She spoke of LCCA’s various funding sources, which include the city of Lancaster. For the 2013-14 budget year, the city has allocated $4,035 in hospitality tax grant funding for “The Nutcracker.”
LCCA is housed inside the Springs House, which is owned by the city. LCCA occupies the building rent-free.
“The main thing is to tell you how much we appreciate your support,” Jaillette told City Council.
Mayor Joe Shaw said the city is always glad to assist.
“We know it’s (the Springs House) in good hands, and y’all utilize it,” he told Jaillette. “We hope we can continue to keep it as beautiful as it is today.”
Some of LCCA’s functions and events over the past year include NOLA (Night of the Living Arts), an artisans market, Youth Art Month, the Art & Soul annual gala, Ladies Night Out, the spring art crawl, the Red Rose Festival photography contest and the annual arts and sciences summer camps.
“We’ve seen lives changed because of the arts,” Jaillette said.
For more information about Lancaster County Council of the Arts, call (803) 285-7451 or visit www.lccarts.net.
Waiver for Habitat
At its Tuesday meeting, City Council voted unanimously to waive permit fees for the renovations of a Habitat for Humanity house at 809 Habitat Lane.
The city typically waives permit fees for houses being built or renovated through Habitat for Humanity.
Contact reporter Jesef Williams at (803) 283-1152