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Mizzou Tabs Lexington for First Rural Arts Project

Posted: Jan 28, 2013 3:30 PM by Associated Press
Updated: Jan 28, 2013 3:30 PM

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LEXINGTON (AP) — The Lafayette County town of Lexington has been chosen as the first site in a University of Missouri effort to promote the arts in rural communities.

Officials from Lexington and the university's extension office will kick off the program Tuesday afternoon at Wentworth Military Academy and College's Groendyke Hall. The 90-minute ceremony begins at 4 p.m.

School officials say the project will pair university experts with local artists and community arts leaders to create and promote various projects in the northwest Missouri city.

Organizers hope to broaden the program to a statewide effort and say they also want to tap the arts to help bolster economic development.

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