Thursday April 24, 2014

Heritage plus arts equals culture at City Hall

Two commissions merged into one

Erin Batty helps sets up an exhibit at the Old Courthouse in this file photo.

Art will meet heritage in the new year.

City council agreed Tuesday to meld the arts commission and heritage commission to become the City’s cultural commission.

City parks, culture and recreation director Byron McCorkell said Tuesday both groups have had difficulty getting a quorum and both have vacant positions.

“We've tried ways to get both tables full and it hasn't worked. So we felt better to put them together,” he said.

Coun. Donovan Cavers was concerned the blending of the two groups would decrease the City’s focus on social and cultural committees and the issues they deal with.

Coun. Tina Lange said she sat on the arts commission for a few years and found their mandate wasn’t big enough; they didn’t have enough to do.

People volunteer for those positions because they want to create and contribute, she said.

“To combine these is a great move. It gives all groups more opportunity to make decisions, have an impact and plan together,” she said.

Mayor Peter Milobar noted the City’s old courthouse — a heritage building — is used by arts groups. So there is a way they can work together.

Council unanimously supported the merger.

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