May8, 2012. Release from Town of Boone
The Town of Boone recently presented to the Watauga County Arts Council an offer to extend their current lease and contract through Sept. 30, 2012. The Town’s intent by presenting this extension—from a programming and financial perspective—was to offer the arts council ease in transitioning as the Town begins utilizing its newly created Cultural Resources Board. Unfortunately, the arts council has rejected the Town’s offer. In order to promote harmony and an amicable transition, and with the hope that the arts council will reconsider its decision, the Town has re-extended its offer until May 15.
The Town hopes that, by offering this transitional period to the arts council, it will also benefit the community by allowing the cultural programs already scheduled through the summer to be completed. However, if the arts council declines the Town’s offer, the Town will make efforts to continue all activities previously scheduled at the Jones House.
In creating the Cultural Resources Board, the Town’s goal is not only to continue sponsoring the current activities held annually, but to create more cultural programs and activities for the community. The Town looks forward to continuing to showcase well-known programs, including Concerts on the Lawn, Watauga JAMS, Thursday night jam sessions, and art galleries, as well as creating exciting, new cultural activities for the enjoyment of the people living in and visiting the High Country.
End of Release
Cherry Johnson, Executive Director of the Watauga Arts Council, would not comment on the Town of Boone’s release as of today, but she did say that the Watauga Arts Council board is moving up its next meeting to address this issue sooner, rather than later.
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