From art and science to music and dancing, Tallahassee is taking a comprehensive look at its cultural offerings. Wednesday night, city commissioners will consider charting a course for the city's cultural future. It's a powerful performance, even in a gymnasium.
Under a proposed cultural plan and a new performing arts venue, shows like the African-Caribbean Dance Festival might get a real home.
Althemese Barnes directs the Riley House, one of several Tallahassee resources affected by a new cultural plan. It covers everything from the wolf cubs at the Museum of History and Natural Science, to a hands-on exhibit at the Mary Brogan Museum.
“More than 85,000 people come here every year, that's a huge percentage of community that enjoy arts and science offerings of Brogan, but it's got to fit into complementary plan that's comprehensive for all the community's cultural needs and desires. It helps to understand how we can better partner together to stretch the dollars,” says Ron Sachs, a board member for the Brogan Museum.
The cultural plan contains more than 40 suggestions. Among them: build a performing arts venue, use culture for economic development, provide more arts education and transform the cultural resources commission.
“It's a big part of economic development and tourism. When anybody wants to relocate to our community look at three things, workforce, schools, arts and culture in our community,” says Tallahassee Mayor John Marks.
Wednesday night, city commissioners will evaluate the proposed cultural plan and figure out what's the best way to keep the wheels of culture rolling. Also Wednesday night, the city will consider an annual advance funding request of $250,000 from the Brogan Museum.