‘Hidden in plain sight’

From The Macon Telegraph

Human nature is to take for granted the beauty and gifts that surround you. Macon is a unique place; it has a rich history, beautiful architecture, including 12 historic districts and more structures on the National Register than Savannah or Charleston, and a vibrant arts scene.

For a community of our size, we are fortunate to have such varied cultural offerings. But as we learned last week when National Endowment for the Arts’ Chairman Rocco Landesman visited us, these are sometimes hidden in plain sight.

This was the chairman’s first visit to Georgia, so we were determined to make it special. He spoke to the annual meeting of the Georgia Arts Network, and in addition to those folks in the audience, over 200 Maconites turned out to hear his remarks. I was thrilled to see so many community leaders in the audience for the midday event.

Before we entered the historic Grand Opera House, we took a short tour of downtown and Landesman was amazed at the architecture and our wide boulevards. But the best was yet to come.

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