Budget Doesn't Include Arts and Crafts Center

The life of a local community arts and crafts center hangs in the balance as a proposed budget cut is tossed around. We're talking about the Arts and Crafts Center at Lafayette Park and the effort to save it.

Folks are letting Tallahassee's best kept secret out of the bag in hopes of saving the hidden treasure.

Blythe Newsome, a Lafayette Community Center arts and crafts supporter, says, "I came here as a child and took the same pottery class, it was wonderful that when my children came of age to take it, I was so excited."

Two of Blythe's five children dabble in pottery, carrying customized creations home just as she did, but this family tradition could be coming to an end.. The Lafayette Arts and Crafts Center is in danger of getting the ax because it doesn't fit into the city's budget.

Raoul Lavin, the budget manager for the City of Tallahassee, says, "Part of the process, we asked departments to identify low usage programs and that was identified, and result close down [the] center."

Residents who use the center say it's not a lack of usage, but a lack of advertising. The city says it takes $135,000 to operate the center a year, but it only generates $20,000 a year.

The residents are planning to speak at Wednesday night’s city commission meeting to voice their concerns. It starts at 6 p.m.