Kara Donatelli and the Sampson Arts Council Board have been honored as the 2017 Clinton Main Street Champions for their contributions in making downtown and surrounding area a more beautiful place.
Donatelli, executive director of the Sampson Arts Councilm and the Arts Council Board were recognized during an awards breakfast at the N.C. Main Street Conference in Clayton, held March 13-15. Joining Donatelli to accept the honor was Ray Jordan, president of the Sampson Arts Council Board.
Clinton Main Street Program manager Mary M. Rose, who is also the Clinton-Sampson Planning director, said the local honorees were chosen for years of dedication to the downtown and surrounding area, noting the various art projects and events that have helped make Clinton brighter.
”This group is always ready and willing to assist the Clinton Main Street Program when called upon,” the nomination form submitted by Clinton Main Street officials stated of the Arts Council.
They have partnered with the City of Clinton for more than a decade for its largest annual event, the Court Square Street Fair and BBQ Cook-off by providing art activities and displays. During the annual Halloween on the Square and Christmas in the City events, the Arts Council has provided pumpkin and gingerbread decorating contests.
“One of the most impactful partnerships with the Sampson Arts Council was the successful campaign and installation of our ‘Milling Around’ art piece by artist Heidi Lippman, which was completed in 2012 as the capstone of our 2013 Main Street award-winning Phase III Downtown Revitalization Project,” the nomination form read. “To date, the City of Clinton and Clinton Main Street Program have also built our 2015 Main Street Award-winning brand around this piece of art which consists of a 25 foot by 7 foot silk screened, hand-painted, laminated glass wall.”
And those partnerships between the Clinton Main Street Program and the Sampson Arts Council just continue.
The most recent involves the Downtown Recycle Art Walk, better known as DRAW, which is currently being developed in partnership with the Clinton Main Street Program Design Committee, of which Donatelli is a member.
“We look forward to continuing this successful partnership with the Sampson Arts Council for many years to come,” Main Street officials said in nominating their champions.
The 39 individuals recognized by the N.C. Main Street Program brings the total number to 678 honored over the past 18 years.
“N.C. Main Street Champions go above and beyond to invest their time and talents with the goal of creating vibrant business districts in their communities,” N.C. Secretary of Commerce Anthony M. Copeland stated. “We are proud to welcome these committed individuals into the ranks of Main Street Champions.”
“This year’s champions represent Main Street board members and special project volunteers, city employees, developers, business and property owners, artists and residents, all with a passion, drive and commitment to improve downtown,” added Liz Parham, director of the N.C. Main Street & Rural Planning Center.
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