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Special Events

Including art in special events not only helps set the stage for the event, it creates a broader context to appreciate both the work and the event’s subject.

Islamic painting at “Understanding Your Muslim Neighbor”

“Understanding Your Muslim Neighbor” (co-produced with the Bay County Islamic Society) incorporated a variety of arts and crafts, such as paintings, textiles, woodwork, metalwork, jewelry, and henna tattoos. These gave patrons a feel for Muslim culture, while informational displays provided an overview of Islam.

“The artwork provided by the Bay County Islamic Society was stunning and well-received,” Burris says. 

A 1920s-themed event, “Gatsby’s Gathering,” paired live jazz and swing dancing with Art Deco-style art. Taylor Bush Brinson’s bold, geometric designs in blacks, whites, and metallics helped evoke the feel of the Roaring Twenties.

A bonus for the library: WJHG, the local NBC affiliate, ran a news story about the event.            

imls180.for.panel.jpgMany of these resources and programs are funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.