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Updated: 8/30/2013 3:41 pm
WATER VALLEY, Miss. (WTVA) -- In 2008 several artists in Water Valley realized there was a large arts community living in the area.

"But there wasn't anything to kind of glue everything together," said Pati D'Amico a member of the local  Arts Council.

In an effort to bring local creative minds together, in 2009 the Water Valley Arts Council came into existence. 

"In 2009, we decided to have an art crawl, it was a very big success we had people from Tupelo, Memphis, some people from Alabama actually came and it was a very positive response," said D'Amico.

The Art Crawl became a way for the people to be able to experience art while showing off all the historic buildings in the town. Since 2009, the arts community in the area has continued to grow.

"We now have 3 Art Galleries in Downtown Water Valley... we have a lot of new businesses that have opened up that if it's not art its fashion or crafts... a lot of music events," said D'Amico.

Terry Rockette is from Water Valley originally but moved away to Iowa for several years. He says the art community in water valley has grown tremendously. 

"When I moved back in 2008 the art community had began to develop. And with the skills and the knowledge that I gained in Iowa, I was able to come back here and my goal was to make an outlet for the disadvantaged kids who did not have an outlet as I did growing up," said Rockette.

He accomplished that goal- Rockette started "A Rockette Production Company" in Water Valley and teaches and directs dance and acting among other things. D'Amico says the strong arts community has carved a role in the area's rebirth.

"This town use to be one of the largest towns in North Mississippi when the railroads were here and then it changed when the railroad left. So I think everybody enjoys that it's becoming more vibrant. They feel really good about what's going on in town.  

The 2013 Art Crawl, hosted by the Water Valley Arts Council is set for Saturday, September 21.

Organizers say 18 venues will be a part of this year's Art Crawl.
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