Events are often staged in school auditoriums and smaller venues in the city, but members of the local arts community have long pined for an arts center to showcase
The first step toward accomplishing that goal -- in the view of the
Speaking with members of the aldermanic
"The level of funding, the logistics around parking and flow of downtown -- all of these things come into play here," she said.
Setting aside the proposition of financing a new arts center, Racioppi pointed out that "nothing is simple" when it comes to the existing performing arts venues in
"It's been looked at before," she said. "There have been reports written, research done, and it's in the millions, even in the most minimal parts of the repairs."
Racioppi pointed out that although much is known about potential locations, the city also faces a new paradigm today. For instance, in some areas, pop-up venues gather crowds as easily as brick-and-mortar performance spaces.
"I believe that where the commission is concerned, the only way we can really do something that makes a difference is, within the arts and culture plan, to begin the work of what it will take to take this on, and it probably begins with opening up some funds for a newer study," she said.
"I think the study is actually the key thing to get done, because the concern I have with
"If we really believe, which I do, that arts and culture -- as the heart of our city -- really attracts people to come to live here, and to work here, and to set up their businesses here ... then it's worth the investment to figure out how we create a venue so that it's easier for these organizations," she said.
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