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City Council backs Confluence arts center ownership group

Posted September 11th, 2014

Taken from the Leader-Telegram, Andrew Dowd

 

The city doesn't want its name on the deed, but Eau Claire leaders are interested in having a voice in the ownership group for the proposed downtown community arts center they pledged $5 million toward.

The City Council voted 9-2 Tuesday night to support the creation of the not-for-profit Eau Claire Confluence Inc. and show interest in having a seat on the board of directors that will oversee community ownership of the three-theater arts venue.

"We're putting some money into this project, and we need a say in what happens," Councilwoman Kathleen Mitchell said.

In addition to the city, other board seats are expected to go to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center Trust and major donors to the Confluence Project.

Tuesday's City Council vote was seen as crucial for the project's application for a $25 million nonstate agency grant, which is due Friday to the state Department of Administration.

"The ultimate goal is to try to make this initial application for the nonstate agency grant as strong as possible," said City Manager Russel Van Gompel.

For the full article, visit the Leader-Telegram website.