At yesterday’s EDC meeting, the board approved a request for funds for the creation of a Floyd Tillman sculpture. Mr. Tillman spent the last 30 years of his life in Marble Falls before passing away in 2003. A member of both the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame, Mr. Tillman wrote songs that were recorded by artists ranging from Patsy Cline and Merle Haggard to Diana Ross and Bing Crosby.
The Marble Falls EDC will provide up to $12,000 in matching funds from our community leverage line item for the project. Local artist Dan Pogue has already created a maquette for production of the life-size monument to be located in one of the City’s parks.
Not only will the sculpture be valued by our citizens, but it will draw visitors who appreciate art, history, and/or music as well. According to the US Bureau of Economic Analysis, arts and cultural production contributed $698.7 billion to the nation’s economy in 2012. Visit www.AmericansForTheArts.org for more information.
Private funds are now being raised for the Tillman sculpture and monument, but a formal kickoff event will take place on July 13 at the Flat Creek Enoteca in Downtown Marble Falls. Stay tuned for more information about the Kickstarter campaign and to learn about how you can contribute.