2017 was a year full of ups and downs for the Harden Murrumburrah Arts Council. While renovations went full steam ahead, the council sadly lost two of it’s greatest treasures; Connie McFadyen and Brian Dunn.
“Losing Connie and Brian really knocked the group around.” New President of the Arts Council, Nicole Scott said.
“I was approached to take on the role of president, and I accepted because I have always loved the opportunities for the kids attending the classes were presented with.”
“So much so, that I used to enroll my kids in the pottery classes and then enroll myself as well!” Mrs Scott said.
“We were lucky to obtain a ‘Heritage near me’ grant, along with a grant from Hilltops Council to do some renovations on the Old Courthouse that were completed under the watchful eye of Project Manager Nina Horton.”
“There are, however, more renovations to be done; and we hope to have them completed in time for the Camera Club’s exhibition.” Mrs Scott said.
There are lots of other changes happening with the Harden Murrumburrah Arts Council and the Old Courthouse usage.
“We are hoping to broaden the range of courses that are operated under the banner of the Arts Council.” Mrs Scott said. “We are looking for teachers in all areas of the arts; from theatre, dance, music and the regular art and pottery through to circus performances and language classes.”
“We currently even have essential oil classes running on a Tuesday, and of course, our ‘Makers Markets are very popular..” Mrs Scott said. “We have such an asset here in the Old Courthouse, we need to ensure that it is being used to it’s full potential. We are also looking at renting rooms out for meetings.”
The committee of Mrs Scott, Lorraine Brown and Nina Horton have now set up a Facebook page (Harden Murrumburrah Arts Council) and a website (hmarts.org) to allow everyone to access a calendar of events, starting with the Sydney Conservatorium performance in May.
Nicole Scott can be contacted on 0427 864 320, or go online to see what events and classes are coming up..