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Arts Council will keep Burrows Center

August 29, 2014

By Chris Kaufman, Appeal-Democrat, Marysville, Calif.



Aug. 29--The Yuba-Sutter Regional Arts Council board voted Wednesday to keep the Lee Burrows Center for the Arts and the adjacent gallery.

The 7-2 vote came after the board had considered selling the property due to challenging financial times and maintenance issues associated with a 1920s-era building.

"Our facilities are a financial asset, and we are already developing plans to improve and increase utilization of them, even as our other programs and events continue to bring the arts out into the community," board president David Read said in a press release.

Read said new members on the board, who were committed to keeping the venue, made the decision possible.

Harvest the Arts, a September fundraising event in its third year, will help finance the organization.

Yuba Sutter Arts was awarded an additional grant from the California Arts Council to support two big events: Reviving a cultural celebration in Yuba City and expanding the Bok Kai Festival in Marysville to three days.

In addition to keeping the building, growing arts awareness in the community is another goal of the organization.

"We want to create some resident performance groups for young people," said Read, adding a youth choir group is in the works.

Additionally, they have a monthly applause series on the books for October and the ongoing Art Everywhere program, where temporary art installations are shared with the community.

The Yuba-Sutter Economic Development Corp. in Yuba City loaned office space to Yuba Sutter Arts when things were still up in the air, but Read said the staff of two will move back to the Marysville facility in September.

Top on the list of improvements are roof repairs, air conditioning and some interior drywall work and painting.

Read added that the 130-seat capacity room is a good size for a venue, and they've worked out agreements with surrounding businesses to allow for parking.

He said wheelchair access is available from the side of the building for patrons who need it.

"It's available to the public for a wide variety of events at a reasonable cost," said Read.

CONTACT Chris Kaufman at 749-4794. Find him on Facebook at ADPhotoTeam or on Twitter at @AD_PhotoTeam.

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