Dick Lehman – Ten Essential Elements
In September, Wide Angle Films and Talks invited Amy Worsham and Dick Lehman to explore the intersections between Goshen’s past and present relationships to the arts and the challenges and opportunities before us. During the event, Dick Lehman shared what he calls the ten essential elements that helped shape the artist community in Goshen.
“This combination of ten things I think has made it possible for this little town to be a place where we have a thriving arts community.” – Dick Lehman
“There have always been jobs here. Elkhart County has historically had one of the lowest, if not the lowest unemployment rates in the nation. The cost if living is very affordable. Some have referred to Elkhart County as the Canary in the Coalmine.”
2) Northern Indiana was a Destination Point
Amish Country, RVs, Notre Dame, the Lakes District.
“As a liberal arts school, it’s introduced every person going through to Arts Appreciation, Arts History, and at least one studio course.”
4) Larion Swartzendruber
“I know that Larion had lots of opportunities to rent space to people who weren’t artists and craftsmen, but he held out in large part for his vision, hoping that [the Old Bag Factory] could be a unique destination point. There was a visionary person involved there.”
“For about 30 years, they’ve brought a large budget to promote the area of the arts, business, and manufacturing.”
The Chamber started offering reduced rates and named some of the artists and crafts people as the business of the year. “That to me symbolized a full embrace of those businesses.”
7) Dave Pottinger
“Dave set the bar for inclusivity, creativity, and vision. I think we’re really lucky to have had a person like him here.”
“Has invested money in a number of things in Goshen”
“In it’s 40th year of sponsoring the regional juried exposition. They have also “developed and educated a whole group of collectors.”