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Art on the Block posts Record Numbers

Organizers estimated 700 family and friends of Moberly Area Community College participated in this year's Art on the Block festivities. Leading off the event was a ribbon cutting for the Evelyn E. Jorgenson Fine Arts Gallery. Dr. Jorgenson, MACC President Emeritus, was on hand, along with some of her family and many friends, to celebrate the occasion. Moberly Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors joined the crowd in renaming the Fine Arts wing.

The building originally housed the College gym, when first constructed in 1931. After the Activity Center, with Fitzsimmons-John Arena, was constructed in 1998, Dr. Jorgenson was instrumental in developing the old Coliseum into an art gallery, studios and graphic arts classrooms.

The ribbon cutting was planned to coincide with Art on the Block, another Jorgenson legacy, which featured over a dozen activity booths for artists of all ages and abilities to find their creative genius. Professional artists David Caywood and Janet Bratcher joined Dr. Jorgenson on the street in front the College to create large-scale chalk art. The remaining sidewalks were filled with submissions for the chalk art contest. This year's winners, chosen by a panel of judges, include:

PK-2nd Grade
1 – Shea Smith
2 – Bradley Smith
3 – Camryn Crist

3rd-6th Grade
1 – Evelyn Gilmore
2 – Nia Reed
3 – Matthew Zauke

7th-12th Grade
1 – Olivia Gilmore
2 – Shelby Snell
3 – Victoria Kirkpatrick

1 – Tessa Friedman
2 – Lane Kirkpatrick
3 – Rachel Killinger

With the exception of a nominal fee for the tie-dye t-shirts and food, Art on the Block is free and open to the public. This year's event was made possible by generous donations from Orscheln Farm and Home, the Missouri Arts Council, Moberly Area Council on the Arts and the Rollins Street Neighborhood Association.

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