Saturday at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, Creative Carrboro offered community members the opportunity to voice their opinions on a proposal to create an arts and creativity district in the town.
Creative Carrboro has been collecting information since 2013 to provide a comprehensive plan of its project to the Carrboro Board of Aldermen.
“For 30 years, Carrboro has used the arts as a basis of its economy,” said Art Menius, spearhead of the project and former executive director of the ArtsCenter in Carrboro. “We have to figure out how to maintain a robust creative economy with the pressures of rental and land becoming higher and higher in price all the time.”
The event was designed to engage the community and seek feedback on project plans.
“The Carrboro Farmers’ Market on a Saturday is where it happens,” Menius said. “We’re looking at folks who are drawn to Carrboro by the Farmers’ Market, because we think this audience is great for creativity and for arts and culture in the town of Carrboro.”
Linda Carol Davis, a regular at the Farmers’ Market, said she was not aware of the project until Saturday.
“I was just coming by and happened to see some people that I know and thought, ‘What are they up to?’ and they told me to come on into the Creative Carrboro gazebo,” she said.
Davis said she was impressed by Saturday’s campaign and the ideas proposed by Creative Carrboro.