SAAC sets up at the Community Market

 (left to right) SAAC Board of Directors Secretary Angella Baker watches as Starkville native Jaden Claire Everett, 7, decorates a football at Saturday's Community Market. Behind Baker, SAAC Executive Director John Bateman speaks with market-goers. (Photo by Sarah Raines, SDN
Staff Writer

The Starkville Area Arts Council set up a booth for children to decorate sunflowers and footballs during Saturday's Community Market, and Board of Directors Secretary Angella Baker and new SAAC Executive Director John Bateman were there to meet attendees.

The SAAC booth was supplied with paper plates in the shapes of flowers, paper cutouts of footballs, brushes, paint and sunflower seeds. Children came and decorated plates while the adults accompanying them chatted with other adults and met the SAAC representatives.

The SAAC sets up a booth around three times each Community Market season. Baker said the SAAC wanted to enhance its presence in the community, and decided to give children the opportunity to have fun and experience art at the market while their parents shopped.

This past week was Bateman's first week as Executive Director of the SAAC, and Saturday was his first community event.

"The Community Market is a great asset and a good way to meet people," Bateman said. "It's a great opportunity for me to help connect the people with the Arts Council and see how we can strengthen what we offer to the community."

Bateman said he is looking forward to more community events that give him the opportunity to talk to people in Starkville and Oktibbeha County about what they feel the area needs in terms of the arts.

"We were very happy to have our new Executive Director there to meet and greet with members of the community," Baker said. "That was a big moment for us and we look forward to introducing him more to the community."