Culture And Arts Group Saved From Merger

A battle over how to advance culture and the arts in Leon County was decided Tuesday.

Leon County Commissioners voted to keep the Council of Culture and Arts or COCA a separate group.

Commission staff members had recommended making COCA a part of the Tourism Development Council.

However, commissioners voted seven to nothing not to do it.

Chair Kristen Dozier says COCA has done a lot of work on a cultural plan for the community.

"This is a game changer," Dozier said. "So I think my perspective was don't go for the nuclear option at this point," she said. "We've done so much good in the last three years and the cultural plan revision gives us a new way to start," said Dozier.

As part of that cultural plan, county commissioners will debate the funding possibilities for a new performing arts center in the coming weeks.


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