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Performing arts support gauged

June 23, 2014

By Paige Rentz, The Fayetteville Observer, N.C.

June 23--Consultants are continuing their work to determine whether Fayetteville's downtown can support a performing arts center with the next step an evaluation of local performance spaces.

Webb Management Services, a New York-based consulting firm, won a $63,650 contract from the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County last year to study the feasibility of such a project. The city's updated Renaissance Plan, adopted by the City Council last year, includes a downtown performing arts center as one of its top 15 priorities.

The firm kicked off its study with a public meeting in November, where Duncan Webb said his company would likely complete phase one of the study by April or May.

The first phase of the study will evaluate whether the community can support a performing arts center. If the consultants determine there is a need for such a facility, a second phase of the study will recommend more specific components of the facility, such as types of programming, capacity, form and support spaces.

Deborah Martin Mintz, executive director of the Arts Council, said the first phase of the study includes an inventory of performance spaces in the community. Consultants are working now to assess the condition of those performance spaces.

"It's one thing to have a performance space, but it's another thing to have a space that meets technical standards of today," Mintz said.

Mintz said she hopes to have a report from the consultant in a month's time so the committee handling the project can move forward.

"We want to make sure it's a good report with current information," Mintz said.

Staff writer Paige Rentz can be reached at or 486-2728.


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