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ATTRACTIONS The event will continue, with new art every month, throughout this summer. The center has also added a Kid’s Corner that lets kids to show off their artwork and make their own during the First Friday events. But A Town Center doesn’t just act as a store and art gallery. Currently the center is home to four artists in residence: Pip Southwick, owner of Southwick Pottery; Tabitha Fletcher, a painter; Caryn Gorman, a glass painter and art teacher; and Rinker, best known for his Walking Man statues across the city. Being an artist is rarely a fi nancially solid career choice, so offering a free space to work as well as commune with other cre- atives is part of Rinker’s way to give back, 22 | DISCOVER he said. But he’s also working to expand the space to include affordable housing for artists to create a one-stop live, work and play space for creators just getting on their feet. “I mean, the creative market just inspires each other to go and grow, you see that now with just people working together in the studios, but hopefully with this act of com- munity it will grow into more,” he said. That’s also what’s pushing Caldwell and Rinker to team up with several of the city’s artists and arts organizations to create an Anderson Artists Alliance. The alliance would help to create more events like First Friday with organizations like Paramount Theatre, the Anderson Art Museum and the Anderson Symphony VisitAndersonMadisonCounty.com Orchestra. “A bigger piece of that is just the collab- orative effort and moving forward to having the arts district or a downtown known for that,” Caldwell said. And while she loves to see artists she knows show off their work at A Town, board president Marisa Kelly-Rigney said she knew she was doing something right when someone she didn’t expect showed their immense talent at an open mic poetry night. “The guy that did heating and air came in and read a poem, and I had no idea he did that. He just did awesome. I thought it was the coolest thing,” Kelly-Rigney said. “These people have these hidden talents and we should support that.” „