Hogg speaks on Mule Project and Arts Alliance
by W. Brian Hale
Jan 23, 2011 | 2325 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sharon Hogg, a Walker County Arts Alliance board member and chairman of the “20 Mule Team Community Art Project,” spoke to the Rotary Club of Jasper last week about WCAA’s projects throughout the county.

WCAA is a non-profit organization funded through grants, donations and local fund raisers. It was established to support and develop the arts in Walker County, as well as to enhancing the public’s appreciation for and awareness of the arts as an expression of the best of the human spirit.

Some of the projects the Arts Alliance is involved with include reading to students, pottery classes and bringing music into classrooms.

In May, WCAA will present its eigth annual “Art in the Park” festival in Gamble Park, showcasing the talents of artists from Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina and Louisiana. The event will have a hands-on activity area, a children's activity area and will have a program by the Birmingham Children's Theatre.

In the fall, WCAA will host it annual Mystery Dinner Theatre, where community members are the actors in an play that draws hundreds of people to the Community Health Systems Activity Center.

The Arts Alliance is currently developing a project called the “20 Mule Team Community Art Project” where fiberglass mules will be placed in businesses and landmarks throughout the city to draw attention to the event and sight-seerers to the area. Hogg based the idea on a similar campaign she had witnessed in Seattle, Wash. where pigs were used in a similar fashion.

“Mules were the most important animals in the state for years, helping with transportation, agriculture and industry,” Hogg said. “It was no different here in Walker County, where mules helped out with farming and hauling coal out of the mines. Considering how important they were in our history, I thought mules would be the perfect symbol for the project.”

Hogg hopes that the exhibit will help portray the hard-working mule in a positive light and will leave the area with a lasting exhibit that will be enjoyed by the community for years to come.

The project will feature several events, including the project's kickoff day, which will match sponsors with an artist who will draw designs for the sponsor's mule. The kickoff day is tentatively scheduled for March.

For further information on the Walker Arts Alliance, the 20 Mule Team Community Art Project or becoming an underwriting sponsor for the project, call 221-1711.