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Roanoke City Council glimpsed a proposed model for long-term funding of the arts at Monday’s meeting, though that model remains rough clay.
The city’s arts commission, collaborating with Councilman David Trinkle and retired businessman David Wine, advocates combining public and private funds in an endowment to provide a lifeline for struggling arts and culture organizations. The presentation by Trinkle and Wine left a lot of blanks to be filled in.
“This is a good concept,” said Councilman Sherman Lea, but he cautioned, “I want to take a look at the X’s,” referring to the presentation ’s mention of the city committing “X number of dollars for X number of years.”
Potential patrons in the private sector are also asking for figures, Wine said. He and Trinkle said they’re trying to determine the structure of the endowment first — who would manage the money, and how.
The next steps involve putting together an ordinance outlining how the endowment would work, Trinkle said, saying the commission hoped to present that to the council for consideration in about a month.
The commission proposed an endowment for sustaining the arts to the council in April. Feedback from Roanoke arts leaders at an October summit strongly endorsed the idea of a public-private partnership for arts funding.