Blunt Presents Columbia with State Art Award
On Wednesday, Gov. Matt Blunt presented Columbia with the first-ever "creative community" award. Impact on the cultural climate of the local community was one of the criteria for the award.
The community's contributions in promoting economic growth by using the arts also helped the Missouri Arts Council make its decision to name Columbia its "creative community."
One business in the district feels Columbia has done a lot of work in the past several months.
"There are a lot of examples around the community that have been supported by, for example, the Office of Cultural Affairs," Poppy Manager Liz Tucker said. "I think that it is important for the community to see that the city supports local artists in public places."
In honor of being the first "creative community" in the state, Blunt also gave Columbia roadside signs announcing the award. The Office of Cultural Affairs hopes to get the signs up soon.
The "creative community" award will go to a different community in Missouri every year.