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Nixa city, chamber explore formation of arts council

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Early discussions for an arts council are underway between the city of Nixa and its local chamber.

Partnering with the Nixa Area Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Brian Steele and City Council recently created an informal steering committee with a mission of determining whether a Public Arts Council should be formed. The committee is seeking public feedback via a Sept. 30 town hall meeting at Nixa City Hall, according to a news release.

“This new dedicated direction for Nixa is already gathering energy, excitement and interest,” Nixa chamber President and CEO Chris Russell said in the release.

Russell added the Public Arts Council, should it be created, would examine “the various elements and solutions necessary to bring a culture of art and collaboration in Nixa.”

“Nixa is a very art-friendly culture with many showcases of public and private art that is of the highest quality, visually stimulating and of enduring value across Nixa,” he said in the release.

In the Queen City, the Springfield Regional Arts Council was formed in 1978. The nonprofit in 2017 teamed up with the city, the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce to announce data finding that the local nonprofit arts and culture sector provides an economic impact of $26.9 million and supports over 1,000 jobs, according to Springfield Business Journal archives.

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