BY DORIS B. TRUHLAR
The Centennial City Council appeared at its meeting on Monday night, a study session, to likely favor the establishment of a non-profit entity for the promotion of arts and culture.
They did not, however, take a vote on the issue, but agreed to appoint a subcommittee, consisting of council members and some representatives of the public, to make recommendations.
Each of the city’s four City Council districts will have the authority to appoint one person to the subcommittee, which is potentially a problem, since it appears that there could be some districts in which the two council representatives might not be able to agree.
The entity, if one is created, likely would be a 501(c)(3) corporation, which is a corporation set up not-for-profit, but it could take some other form, such as a commission of the city.
City staff prepared a chart showing what other municipalities in the metropolitan area have done, including Parker, Lakewood, Lone Tree, Castle Pines, Greenwood Village, Thornton, Castle Rock, Aurora and Englewood.
In Englewood, the city has a 1 percent fee for the arts component of its annual capital improvements fund. In Castle Rock, there is a seven-citizen Public Arts Commission that oversees the expenditures of approximately $25,000 annually from a fund endowed by a local banker.
It appears that Councilwoman Kathy Turley has been the driving force behind the city’s consideration of the issue. It was not clear at the meeting whether a majority of the council would favor the establishment of any type of entity to promote arts and culture.
There are several issues in regard to the establishment of such an entity, including the goals and mission of an entity, what form the entity would take (a 501(c)(3) corporation, a council on the arts, a committee or some other form).
There also is an issue whether the council would maintain supervisory control over the entity, or, in the alternative, the entity would be totally independent. City staff did not make recommendation to the council.
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