CLARKSVILLE, IN (February 8, 2024) – Clarksville’s new Arts Commission hit the ground running during its first meeting on Wednesday afternoon. It was just two months ago that the Clarksville Town Council voted to create the new Arts Commission to promote and support the arts. The commission is made up of five members appointed by the Town Council, who must either be residents of the town or own a business in Clarksville.
The first order of business for the commission was to select officers to lead them on this new adventure. Cory Hoehn, Co-President of the Cornerstone Group, was selected as the Commission Chairperson. The Cornerstone Group owns much of the property in Water Tower Square in south Clarksville, including the beautiful and modern Bolt + Tie building.
“I’m grateful and honored to be elected as Chair of the Arts Commission,” said Hoehn. “We believe that cultivating and advocating for the arts creates a more vibrant and equitable community. This commission is a wonderful group of people and we will work to foster and develop the arts throughout Town.”
Other commission members include Kim Decker, Lynn Lewis, Megan Mager, and Lauri Davis. Next month, commission members will also be selecting three advisory members to join them based on their expertise in the arts. During their first meeting, commission members discussed their goals and objectives including the creation of an arts district in south Clarksville. That proposed arts district would start along the Ohio River and include Derby Dinner Playhouse and the Clarksville Little Theater. Town Council President Ryan Ramsey and Councilwoman Karen Henderson also attended the meeting to show their support for the commission and all it hopes to accomplish.
“My fellow council members and I are incredibly excited to see where the newly formed Arts Commission takes our community,” said President Ramsey. “Without a doubt, they are going to play an integral part in the continued development along our riverfront and town as a whole.”
Going forward, meetings will be held at 5:00pm on the second Wednesday of each month in the Rosie Conference Room of the Bolt + Tie building. The address is 1400 Main Street in south Clarksville. All Arts Commission meetings are open to the public.