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Lincoln County Public Library
Board of Trustees
10:00 a.m., August 15, 2017
The public library in suburban and rural America, including the American south and certainly in the state of Mississippi, has always been a center of learning, cultural exposure, and creative expression. Prior to the internet and other media technology widely available to most citizens today (and to all citizens through the local public library), the library was an essential hub for the access to literature, news, research materials, and even contemporary culture. It has always been a center or location for all people of a community to have equal opportunity to expose themselves to the human endeavors that help make the human experience unique in this world; that is, creative writing, scientific journaling, historical information, and more.
Fine arts is just another version of the creative expression and human accomplishment that makes us unique among all of God’s creations and is an integral part of our human experience and education. In a community that cannot afford to have a stand-alone art museum, the next most logical public space to collect and exhibit fine art is the public library. There is widespread research and practical data to show that people who participate in and expose themselves to fine art, music, theater and other creative endeavors typically achieve more successful education and experience a more meaningful standard of life.
The Lincoln County Library board of directors believes our local center of learning should, as such, concern itself with the gradual but persistent effort to assemble a permanent collection of fine art to be shared in a public way with the community of southwest Mississippi and the state at large. This endeavor began with the courageous and thoughtful physical renovation of the Mid-Century interior design of the Lincoln County Public Library. It now turns its attention to a fine arts permanent collection to be exhibited in the front lobby gallery space with hopes to include in the coming years fine arts in the mediums of sculpture, painting, drawing, print making, photography, pottery, assemblage and others.