Locals call for cultural arts building in Port St. Joe

Published: Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 10:28 AM.

It’s clear that Shoaf and Gingell are passionate about arts and culture awareness within the community, but a step back in time reveals the reason.

Gingell grew up in St. Louis and recalled her elementary school class being taken on field trips to see the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. She said that it gave her such an appreciation for music that she tried to go back on her own time whenever possible.

“Children need the opportunity to be touched by art,” Gingell said “This is an opportunity to give a lasting impression…an opportunity to look to the future and give the whole community a venue that will increase the quality of life and spawn additional art.”

Shoaf said that she and her seven siblings were expected to have an appreciation for art and family outings often included tours of Miami’s museums.

“My passion is the fact that we, as a community, have to look long-term,” said Shoaf. “We can change the world for the community and art is one way to do it.

“We have a choice to make this a fabulous place. Fine arts are a pathway but we need knowledge and money that we don’t have.”

Shoaf and Gingell agreed that they didn’t expect one person to step in and help pay for everything, and said that lots of people with a little bit of money can easily have the same effect.

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