Community Arts Council Seeks Increased Funding
In a presentation to Prince George Council, Executive Director Sean Farrell says the CAC has some challenges which include the aging Studio 2880, dilution of public funding, and diminishing traffic and consumers at the Studio 2880 gallery.
“We are really trying to seek out new ideas for our programs” says Farrell.
( at right, Sean Farrell makes presentation to Council )
“Downtown revitalization is a key area” says Farrell who says the CAC is interested in developing performance space in the downtown.
While interested in increasing new memberships and development of new programs to generate fees, Farrell presented a case to call for increased funding for the CAC.
Specifically, he called for long term ( five year) funding agreements to major cultural organizations, and that an annual cost of living increase of 2.5% be built into those agreements. If Council were to adopt such a plan, it would see the CAC’s funding climb from $43,800 this year, to $52,000 in 2017 which would be the first in a five year contract that would see the CAC receive $57,400 in 2021.
Council expressed support for the Community Arts Council and has agreed to send the matter to Administration to see if the funding request can be accommodated. The matter will likely be addressed at budget time in January 2017