Apparently, according to Will Goldsmith in today’s C-Ville:
â€œI have no doubt that you want a state of the art facility, but there may be some uses of that facility that would be very valuable to the community that would not require a gigantic investment,â€ said Dennis Rooker at the September 3 Board of Supervisors meeting.
What about using the building to to something like the Mcguffey Art Center?
The city leases the building to the McGuffey Arts Association, which is comprised of approximately forty studio-renting members involved in various forms of art: photography, book arts, sculpture, painting, woodworking and furniture design, stained and leaded glass, calligraphy, textile design and floor cloths, dance, weaving, jewelry, glass blowing, and pottery. Renting members comprise the Board of Directors. Various committees, such as Gallery, House, Graphics, Publicity, and Community Relations, conduct daily management. Although the number of renting members fluctuates from year to year, a critical number of about forty is required for the Center to function as a cooperative. Studio rents paid by these artists to the Association cover all expenses. Associate memberships are offered to artists who do not require studio space but want to exhibit in and sell through the gallery.
Just an idea.