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After once serving as a classroom for elementary students and later as a bus maintenance station, the open room within the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation’s School Street Studios now has plywood floors. 

The Oconee County Rotary Club donated material and labor. This is not the first time that the civic organization  has assisted OCAF. 

“It’s been several years of partnership where they’ve been helping us become morehandicap-accessible and with some other landscape projects,” said OCAF Executive Director La Ruchala Murphy.

Brock Toole, the Oconee County RotaryClub president and Oconee County Schools’ chief operations officer, said the chapter focuses on communityservice projects

“This projectis just another way we give back to the community,” he said.

Murphy said OCAF will have to have more capital campaigns to finish refining the floors in the room. She envisions it as a vibrant space for arts opportunities. 

“We would love to have it as a multi-use space where we can use it for events, classesand programs,” said Murphy. “It could alsobe usedas a space to expand Perspectives and our partnership with the University of North Georgia so that they can expand their art program.” 

In related news, those who missed OCAF’s opening gallery reception for the Youth Art Month now have another chance to view students’ art pieces, all while maintaining social distance. 

The foundation posted a video walk-through of the main gallery on its Facebook page, giving people an online alternative to see the variety of artworks that public and private K-12 students created, ranging from sculptures of baked goods to paintings of vivid self-portraits. 

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