Friends of the Arts and city to define relationship

Published: Monday, February 25, 2013 at 11:04 AM.

The group could remain an independent organization, "but would have to control their own funds ... much like the Friends of the Library," she stated in a memo to the city council.

Alternatively, the city would continue to control the group's funds and the Friends "would have to be established as a committee of the city and the members appointed by the mayor and members of the (city) council," her memo stated.

The Friends would comply with the recommendation that is most efficient and beneficial for the city, Schwartz said.

That would mean the committee should operate independently, using members' expertise, rather than have city government appoint members who might lack artistic experience, Mayor David Cadle said.

The city benefits from similar public-private partnerships — such as the Main Street Crestview Association program — that provide expertise and labor for events that benefit the city at little or no cost to taxpayers.

If the Friends of the Arts' focus remains on enhancing Warriors Hall and raising funds to maintain its grand piano, the group may continue using the hall without incurring facility charges, Roy said.

"As long as all the proceeds from events are entirely spent on the upgrading of Warriors Hall, then that would not be a violation of any facility policies," the memo stated.

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