THE DROITWICH Arts Network (DAN) has named Standard editor Tristan Harris as its first honorary patron.
The 43-year-old will play a key role in promoting and supporting a string of arts-based community events and activities, including visual arts, performing arts, photography, media, written and spoken word, music and crafts.
DAN chair Helen Karakashian said Tristan and the paper had always supported the arts in Droitwich so he was the ideal choice for the role.
She said: “He has had poetry and short stories published in anthologies, written songs and plays, edited a literary magazine and presented on hospital and community radio.
“He performed a brilliant comedy stand-up routine at the ArtsFest last year and his children’s play, ‘Little Green Fingers’, staged in the Norbury Theatre’s studio was a great success.
“We are delighted he has accepted our invitation.”
Tristan said he was honoured to take up the role, adding he would make sure as many people as possible knew what DAN was doing and how they could get involved.
“Over the years, in my role with the Standard, we have been involved a lot with DAN and the activities it puts on for the people of the town.
“It’s fantastic residents get to participate in such a wide range of arts-based activities and show off their creative skills and sides but, with the arts proven to help with mental health and well-being, it is also helping keeping Droitwich healthy.”
Visit www.droitwichartsnetwork.org or visit the Droitwich Arts Network Facebook page for more information.