Jacksonville’s destination is art, now it just needs a slogan, Blue Ribbon Committee Member Father Mark Kusmirek said. The committee meets once a month to determine what direction Jacksonville would most benefit from.

“We had a great meeting last week where we looked at how we could highlight local artists,” Kusmirek said.

He added the slogan search is an idea the group came up with to find something which is short, clear and incorporates where Jacksonville is going.

“Destination: art is to be seen as the positive,” Kusmirek said. “We want people to think about Jacksonville as a place they want to be a destination.”

Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce President Peggy Renfro said the chamber will receive slogan suggestions, which should all incorporate art as the theme, until May 24.

“We want to see what the community would like to say about Jacksonville,” she said.

Residents may submit their art-centered suggestions to chamber@jacksonvilletx.com, call the chamber of commerce at 903-586-2217 or mail it to P.O. Box 1231, Jacksonville, TX, 75766.

“We hope many people will be excited,” Renfro said. “Different people are already showing interest in the art community and we’re hoping for good attendance and ideas as far as a slogan goes.”

Kusmirek said there will be a public meeting held around May 27 from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Norman Activity Center.

“We invite people to come talk and hear ideas,” he said. “We will continue the committee’s work after the meeting. Artists and residents are invited to be a part of it.”

He added the process Jacksonville has gone through to recognize its own positive qualities has been a great one. The hope, he said, is to improve the way Jacksonville’s residents live and allow others to appreciate the good things the city has.

Renfro said whoever’s slogan is chosen will earn some well-deserved recognition as the slogan marks those talented artists who have either grown up in Jacksonville or traveled to the city.

“We feel like we need to let people know what Jacksonville has to offer in this particular venue,” she said.

Destination: art was the theme the Blue Ribbon Committee decided on in mid-April to emphasize Jacksonville’s strong points and choose the direction Jacksonville should take to become the Arts Capital of East Texas.

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