The First Street Art Center plans for the future

By Morgan Thomas - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – The First Street Art Center is leaving their current location at 3000 South First Street in downtown at the end of the month.  They are looking at the situation as an opportunity to expand the center into a citywide cultural center.

At the moment they plan to go mobile in their activities for a few months while the director, Lisa Steed, researches possible grants and new locations.  She promises that the center will still be present in the community by putting on events around town.  One in the works, a jewelry display before Valentine's Day, where local jewelry artists can sell their original designs.

On Thursday, January 14th at 6:30 P.M. two noted author/musicians, Kathi Kamen Goldmark and Sam Barry, will be performing a live show at the Downtown Cafe.  The show will be free to 2009 First Street Art Center members and tickets will be on sale to the public.

"Every dollar I make from the event will go directly in the building fund, not in the operations fund... Yes, we still need operating funds, but at this particular moment if we find us a building - we can operate," said Lisa Steed.

The event's mission is to see what the members want as far the future for the art center.  If everyone is on board to move forward, then Steed plans to take their input and make the most of the situation.

You can the First Street Art Center for the details on their upcoming event  and if you would like to help get a new building.

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