As if Ashland didn't have enough to be proud of, the Oregon Arts Summit has chosen to hold its annual event here, which can mean only good things for the city and especially the local arts community.
The event will take place at the newly renovated Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites, formerly the Windmill Inn, Oct. 1 through 3. This will be the seventh annual summit sponsored by the Oregon Arts Council, but only the second time the event has been held outside the Portland area. Last year's summit was in Bend.
Ashland's selection is a testament to the vibrant contributions this area makes to the state's arts and culture, from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to the Schneider Museum of Art at Southern Oregon University. SOU also now boasts the new Oregon Center for the Arts.
Events during the summit will include tours of the Schneider and of OSF's new production facility for sets and costumes. Although the summit is primarily intended to bring together arts leaders from around the state to network and to discuss building public support for the arts, it's also a chance for Ashland to show off what it has to offer.
Ashland is certainly not unknown to those in the arts community around the state, but this event will be a golden opportunity for the city to shine. Attendees will dine in local restaurants one evening and see a performance by local dance group Ballet Folklórico Ritmo Alegre.
Here's to a successful event, and to more in the future.