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Local artists highlighted on City website, TV channel and Facebook page
Photographers, long-standing artists among first to be showcased

HUNTSVILLE, AL (March 10, 2010) - Calling the work done by local artists "the heart and soul of our community," Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle announced today that a sampling of local artists are now being highlighted on the City of Huntsville's website (www.hsvcity.com) and Facebook page (facebook.com/hsvcity).

Mayor Battle said, "When you have such a diverse and talented artist pool you always want to showcase their talent any way that you can. Highlighting their work on our website and Facebook pages is a good first step toward showcasing that talent."

Some of the first artists highlighted include local photographers Tyler Pierce and Taylor Hill, and local artists Dustin Timbrook and Katrina Weber. Artists that are highlighted are provided with a photo credit and a link to their websites or Facebook fan pages.

Mayor Battle's Chief of Staff, Trent Willis, said that the effort to highlight local artists is part of an on-going effort to promote different aspects of Huntsville's tremendous quality of life.

"This allows us the chance to not only highlight the incredible work our local artists do but also to highlight the artists themselves," said Willis. "We have such an incredible arts community and this is a new and different way to promote that."

Willis added that the City is also looking forward to highlighting the diversity of talent that Huntsville's art community has. He noted the differences between Tyler Pierce, a young photographer who learned how to use his camera through a cousin, to Taylor Hill, a Randolph School graduate who has been published in Rolling Stone and Time Magazine.

"The challenge for us is not going to be finding local artists to highlight," said Willis. "The challenge is going to be having the space to highlight as many of them as we can."

In addition to the artwork highlighted on the City's website and Facebook page, local artists will receive even more exposure in the coming weeks when the City of Huntsville's government access channel, Huntsville 1 (Channel 16, Comcast and Channel 42, Knology), begins an artists' block of programming. The artists' block will give Huntsville residents a full-screen view of a piece of work done by local artists, followed by their contact information.

The Mayor added, "We have developed such an incredible communications program over the past year and a half. With all of the new methods of communication that we're discovering, we are genuinely looking forward to highlighting not just our work as a government, but how the talents of our local residents contribute to our quality of life."

Artists who are interested in being highlighted by the City of Huntsville's communications program should email the City of Huntsville at contact@hsvcity.com. Musicians may also submit their work to be included as an ongoing "Artist of the Day" feature on Huntsville 1.

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