The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

April 6, 2013

City arts board being formed

Panel will foster cultural tourism

By Tom Davidson
Herald Staff Writer

SHARON — The time is now for Sharon to cultivate the city’s support of the arts and culture, according to City Manager Scott Andrejchak.

Keying that cultivation is the formation of the Sharon Arts Commission.

“There’s a lot of people that want to be involved,” Andrejchak said.

The city’s in the process of forming the commission, which will be a seven-member board appointed by council that will spearhead the city’s arts endeavors.

“The only thing you’re limited by is your imagination,” Andrejchak said of the group.

Fostering the arts is a proven way to drive economic development and growth, he said.

“People have to broaden their view and see that cultural tourism” can work in Sharon. “Cultural tourism is not just for large cities,” he said.

Formation of the commission is the latest effort to remake the Shenango Valley’s image, which has been described as “bland and lifeless” when it comes to the area’s cultural offerings.

That image is no longer accurate, officials say.

Dayna Shaw Sear, director of the Penn-Ohio Arts and Industry Innovation Initiative, said Sharon’s on its way toward becoming “a more creative place to live and work.”

She lobbied city officials to create the commission, which is “the first step” toward fostering an arts community here.

To become involved in the commission, Sharon residents should call 724-983-3232.