Friends of the Arts and city to define relationship

David Ott

David Ott performs at Warriors Hall on its grand piano in January 2012. The Friends of the Arts committee that funded the piano seeks to define its relationship with the city.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, February 25, 2013 at 11:04 AM.

CRESTVIEW — The Friends of the Arts, which Gigi Allen established as a committee to find and fund a grand piano for Warriors Hall, wants to move to the next level in its mission of bringing quality performing arts here and upgrading the hall.

"The events we have produced have been of the highest quality, but it is time to become self-sufficient," Friends President Rae Schwartz has said to the Crestview City Council.

Profits from programs — including two performances by music historian, author and pianist David Ott and a swing music concert by the UpBeat Jazz Orchestra — fund a city account designated for use in upgrading Warriors Hall for future performances, Schwartz said.

The group's city-held account contains $2,519.50, which includes profits from its cultural events and citizen donations toward the piano upkeep, Schwartz said.

"We wish to provide improvements to the hall that will increase its use as a venue for performances and theatre," including installation of theatrical lighting and construction of side wings on either side of the large stage, she said. "No city funds are needed for these projects."

Such improvements would benefit performances by the newly formed non-profit Crestview Community Theatre troupe. The company's co-founder, Sandra Peters, is the Friends of the Arts theatre chairperson.

The Friends can proceed in either of two ways, City Clerk Betsy Roy said.

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