ALTON — The Jacoby Arts Center will hold a public forum May 6 to engage the community in a discussion on the timely topic of “what is art?” in response to the many opinions and perspectives on the tattoo debate.
The forum, moderated by Lewis and Clark Community College Professor of Art, History and Culture Jim Price, will include Eric Gray, hybrid media artist and adjunct professor at Principia College; Grand Piasa Body Art owner Chris Hinkle; Meredith Elliott, entrepreneur and co-owner of The Milton Schoolhouse, and Ron Abraham, retired SIUE professor, opera singer and conductor.
“I see this as an opportunity for Jacoby Arts Center to be a catalyst for constructive dialogue and sharing of diverse opinions about art, urban revitalization and a vision for our future,” said Denny Scarborough, president of the Jacoby Arts Center board.
“I want to emphasize that the participants represent their individual opinions,” Scarborough said. “Our community-oriented organization has not and will not take an official position in this matter as we seek to encourage inclusion and appreciation of all forms of artistic expression.
“Let’s see this debate as our chance to rise to the occasion and contribute to the enlightenment of the community in advance of the issue coming before the City Council on May 13,” Scarborough said.
The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, and is open to all interested parties. For information, contact Denny Scarborough at (618) 570-3519.