Fredericksburg has a vibrant visual and performing arts community. It not only adds to our city’s quality of life but also can be a bigger part of the city’s tourism efforts. Currently the city has an underfunded Arts Commission which is doing yeoman’s work with the resources available, and an Art’s District that has little impact. We need to look at ways to better focus and leverage available funding to support the arts community and art events.
What Has Been Accomplished:
As a member of the Arts Commission I was involved in developing the sculpture program.
Worked with the Performing Arts community in assessing possible options for venues in the city.
Moved to have funding earmarked for a possible performing arts venue at Walker-Grant Middle School with $1.2 million put aside for a future performing arts project.
The Next Four Years:
The first step in securing a Performing Arts Center is building a strong/viable Public-Private partnership to finance and operate such a facility.
Instead of small tax reimbursements for arts establishments and for art shows use the funds to support an arts weekend—performing as well as visual arts—in the city.
Better integrate art events into the city’s tourism efforts.
Consider establishing and supporting an independent Arts Commission that would be able to leverage the city’s contributions to secure additional funding in the private sector.