Tuesday, September 11, 2007
5 p.m. Steamboat Art Museum presentation
6 p.m. Joint meeting with Hayden Town Board to discuss regional topics
7 p.m. Public comment, continue regional discussion, review five-year plan for capital improvement projects
If you go
What: Meeting of the Steamboat Springs City Council
When: 5 p.m. today
Where: Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.
Contact: Call city offices at 879-2060 for more information.
Steamboat Springs Supporters of the Steamboat Art Museum will ask city officials tonight for a long-term commitment to the museum's downtown location.
At 5 p.m. at Centennial Hall, the Steamboat Springs City Council will hear a presentation of findings from a wide-ranging feasibility study assessing future options for the museum, which opened its doors at 807 Lincoln Ave., known as the Rehder Building, in December 2006. Robert Bailey, vice-president of AMS Planning & Research, said the study began in April and assessed all aspects of the museum's potential and possibilities, including local needs for visual arts, successes and challenges at similar museums in other communities, a funding analysis and operating forecasts. Bailey said that with tonight's presentation, he hopes to solidify the city's support for a grassroots effort that began in 2005.
"What we're looking for is commitment to a long-term lease for the building," Bailey said. "Anything more than 25 years would be suitable : and would basically set the museum on a path to go out and raise the necessary money to renovate the building."
Bailey said a long-term lease for the museum would allow supporters to pursue grant funding and, in time, expand the museum into a cultural hub - an attraction the study says would be very desirable in Steamboat.
"The analysis, based on AMS's national data on attendance at the arts, indicates that area residents are much more likely to attend museums and express interest in the arts," the study states, citing a strong tourism market and rising amount of wealthy homeowners in the area. "Cultural and educational experiences rank high among the population living in the region."
Following the museum discussion, the City Council will meet with members of the Hayden Town Board to discuss regional issues including construction of a sports complex in Hayden and affordable housing.