- Cape businessman known for starting NARS dies at 49 (2/23/17)9
- Man shot by police ID'd; witness shares his side of story (2/17/17)31
- MSHP: McLendon shot in side; autopsy refutes witness account (2/19/17)23
- Apparent punch at girls basketball game propels lawmaker into action (2/21/17)4
- Business notebook: Owners ready to roll out the Barrel 131 (2/20/17)6
- Missouri bill would limit transgender school bathroom access (2/22/17)47
- Annual father-daughter dance provides some fun bonding time (2/19/17)1
- SoutheastHEALTH, Washington University School of Medicine announce collaboration (2/24/17)9
- City issues precautionary boil order near Arena Park (2/23/17)
- $22M bond issue would alter Jackson schools (2/22/17)12
Arts in Old Illmo
A few years ago, the notion of turning the Old Illmo part of Scott city into a historic arts district would have seemed ridiculous. Then along came Paul Schock. Since moving to Scott City from Arizona in 2001 to become an art professor at Southeast Missouri State University, Schock has begun infusing Old Illmo with new vigor.
With vision and sweat, he turned a long-vacant building into the Schock Community Arts Center where gallery openings are held and arts classes are taught. Schock has bought and renovated other old buildings. Now Schock has convinced the Scott City Council to apply for a National Register of Historic Places designation as a historic arts district.
Old Illmo needs revitalizing, and Schock sees potential in the arts. Schock imagines creating an atmosphere that will attract artists from all over the country and the world to Scott City. If that's still hard for most people to imagine, maybe it's because we aren't artists.