Advocate editorial board opinion: Nonprofit should take another look at itself, adjust

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Feb. 7, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Updated Feb. 6, 2012 at 8:07 p.m.

Bravo to the Cultural Council of Victoria for its determination to continue its programming. However, we think the organization might consider rethinking its mission to ensure its survival.

As we understand it, the Cultural Council lost its funding from the city in January when funds were allocated to various arts groups. Back in 2011, the Cultural Council had received $26,000 from the city.

And the primary reason for that loss of funding this year was because the Cultural Council has not engaged in programs that promote tourism.

Certainly, the arts projects the Cultural Council promotes are educational and beneficial to youth. But perhaps these projects could be expanded to promote tourism in some way. Again, when the Cultural Council applied for hotel/motel occupancy funds, it bundled all its projects into one application - sort of a make-or-break gamble. If the organization had piecemeal submitted its projects, some of them might have been funded.

We also acknowledge the impending sale of the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts to Victoria College. The center is home base for the Cultural Council. What happens if that space is no longer available to the Cultural Council?

As we see it, the Cultural Council is treading on thin ice. We urge the organization to gather and regroup with sound ideas for projects that would promote tourism.

After the Cultural Council formed in late 1970s, it became a well-known entity, doing things such as bringing artists-in-residence (poetry, musicians, painters and sculptors), who would perform for students and others, bringing in writers and other performers. The Council would win grants for such things as publishing a collection of writings from local residents, and the list goes on.

There's no reason why the Cultural Council can't return to projects that would bring tourism to the city. If it doesn't, we don't see it surviving much longer without funding and probably without a base to operate.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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