OC Arts Center Should Make Everyone Proud
I just received the latest copy of the newsletter of the Art League of Ocean City. As always, the design is beautiful and the content is amazing – highlighting a plethora of classes and workshops being offered in all media, collaborations with other nonprofits such as the Empty Bowl Project with Diakonia, the Brown Box Theater that uses the creative layout of the Arts Center to stage performances, upcoming exhibits, events, artists’ bios, interesting programs for kids at the Ocean City Center for the Arts and in local schools. The offerings are endless and enticing.
What a vibrant and buzzing place the Art League building is – what an incredible contribution the 94th Street Ocean City Center for the Arts makes to our town – pulling artists, visitors and students from all the neighboring counties and adjoining states. The City Council should be proud it endorsed the expansion that the Art League envisioned and that it made the initial seed investment, added to the funds the Art League had raised, to help launch the new building in 2011. Then, Senator Jim Matthias, Delegate Norm Conway, Commissioner Louise Gulyas and the Worcester County commissioners – all – added their support for further funding from the state and county.
Who could have really foreseen the difference in the town that investment would make? Who could have known that class offerings, attendance and reach into the community would double, triple, quadruple and continue to multiply in just a few years? The caliber of this success is only to be equaled by the incredible vision, resourcefulness and dedication on the part of Executive Director Rina Thaler, the Board members and so many volunteers who help make the OC Center for the Arts building hum.
All should feel proud about the part played to help solidify the arts in Ocean City and make the Art League and the OC Center for the Arts one of our community’s great treasures.
Median Fence Support
I would like to extend a gracious thank you to the Ocean City Town Council for moving forward with the recent approving of the fence structure in the middle of Coastal Highway for the purpose of increasing Pedestrian Crossing Safety.
This project, which will be initiated in its first phase by implementing a 5 foot structural fence and shrubbery from the Convention Center up to the Route 90 bridge, will eventually grow to extend throughout all of Coastal Highway throughout Ocean City, will be in my opinion a very good move to significantly improve pedestrian safety a great deal as it will no doubt be an encouragement for pedestrians to cross at crosswalks, where individuals should in fact be crossing.
The photos that have recently been published of what this structure in center of Coastal Highway is to look like is attractive and appropriate.