Betty Leipold: No to art fee

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— Art in the Park was always about the most fun weekend of the summer.

The colorful, carnival atmosphere where you would meet old friends and browse through interesting stuff. I would always go back the second day to buy that one item "I couldn't live without."

Well, this year I won't be at Art in the Park. Charging an admission fee (no matter how small) takes the fun away and is an insult to me, a longtime patron.

Betty Leipold

Steamboat Springs

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another_local 5 years, 9 months ago

A fee to attend an art fair? Who dreamed that up? Betty is right.

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stmbtprof 5 years, 9 months ago

Well in their greed they will discover their loss...once again Steamboat goes for the elite and kicks the longtime local with 3 jobs in the face...i quit suppoeting the arts council about 5 years ago...i saw this trend going....rest in peace Eleanor Bliss...glad you didnt have to see this...

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rsssco 5 years, 9 months ago

If it is free I wonder why this letter was printed.

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addlip2U 5 years, 9 months ago

On the Arts Council website:

Admission is free. Art-In-The-Park is open to the public Saturday, July 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

http://www.steamboatspringsarts.com/HTMLPAGES/programs.html

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80488mom 5 years, 9 months ago

Maybe they changed it after realizing it would hurt attendance. I also heard they were charging. Good to hear it will remain a free function.

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Tamera Manzanares 5 years, 9 months ago

I called the Arts Council office last week and a gentleman there confirmed there would be a $1 admission fee. I let him know that they need to update their Website. As a local vendor, I've heard a lot of complaints about the fee. I'm disappointed vendors like myself were not informed of the changes during the application process. If the Arts Council is hard up for cash, a donation booth with information about their position might be more effective. Unfortunately, I think locals already annoyed with parking and crowds will forgo the event altogether -- who wants to wait in line to pay $1 so they can go look at art?

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addlip2U 5 years, 9 months ago

I guess the Art Council has not learned from the First Friday Art Walk. The generous artists and the galleries not only open their doors for free, but some offered refreshment. Thank you!

So long Art in the Park!!

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summerbird 5 years, 9 months ago

You would actually let a dollar come between you and ARTS IN THE PARK? A $1.00 fee is not outrageous. How do you expect a not for profit organization to function? On your good wishes? There are expenses that have to be covered, and if there is something extra for the treasury, all the better.

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elkeye 5 years, 9 months ago

Perhaps the City should start charging the Art Council fair market rent for their use of the "Depot"!

Is the Art Council going to ask its volunteers to pay the $1 admission fee for the privilege of working?

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summerbird 5 years, 9 months ago

I have never know an arts organization to charge the volunteers. Volunteers get in free and if there is a T-shirt, they get a complimentary one.

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another_local 5 years, 9 months ago

If they need more revenue they should raise the booth fee. Events like this rise and fall on attendance. Adding a fee will not help bring in more people.

Whose knuckle-headed idea was this?

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dogd 5 years, 9 months ago

Could the Pilot research who the idiot was that destroyed the entire concept of Art in the Park? What a fool.

Let me see... anybody in the arts council on salary?

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id04sp 5 years, 9 months ago

$3.00 to walk around for fifteen minutes looking at paintings of Native Americans, the Yampa River, elk and wolves, and figure out there's nothing there worth $3.00 . . .

For that price, it should at least come with a self-licking ice cream cone.

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stmbt_gal 5 years, 9 months ago

As a local, and an artist I have attended Art in the Park for years. I have also had the opportunity to attend several other arts festivals around the country; most of which charge admission, up to $14! I cant believe that people would protest $1, which would go back to a good cause. This is a great idea because the arts need our support more than ever.

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madmoores 5 years, 9 months ago

ido4sp: "$3.00 to walk around for fifteen minutes looking at paintings of Native Americans, the Yampa River, elk and wolves, and figure out there's nothing there worth $3.00 . . .

For that price, it should at least come with a self-licking ice cream cone."

LMFAO...I do enjoy going and the family loves it but you nailed it. Not that $3 would "break" me or anything but we might have to miss the "Fart Park Art " as my daughter lovingly calls it, for the first time in many years...on principal only. This is like charging a dollar to everyone watching the fireworks show or the parade downtown, it makes no sense...like someone else said, set up a booth to beg for money. What's next, a "dollar" admission to the FREE concert to support some other broke group? We will still come to Steamboat that weekend but will now have to find something else to do. Fish Creek Falls still pretty high and fast?

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addlip2U 5 years, 9 months ago

Apparently someone from the Arts Council read the blogs. The website has been updated to read:

"Admission is free, but visitors are encouraged to support the arts with a voluntary $1 contribution for a wristband to support the arts."

http://www.steamboatspringsarts.com/HTMLPAGES/programs.html

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elkeye 5 years, 9 months ago

"Admission is free, but visitors are encouraged to support the arts with a voluntary $1 contribution for a wristband to support the arts."

Who is setting policy for the Art Council?

By use of the term "visitors" does this include or exclude "locals"? If the latter, why not use the term "attendees"?

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madmoores 5 years, 9 months ago

Thank you, that I can deal with. Anyone is more likely to get money, out of me at least, when it is voluntary instead of just charging an admission because they feel they can, especially since it has been free for 33 years. Being free is part of the draw and by being free, probably brings in more people than they think. All I was basing my opinion on was the "what's next" factor, not because a dollar would matter much to me but geez...what's next? For their change of mind they will probably get more than three dollars from me now, all they gotta do is ask...not order. See you all there:)

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elkeye 5 years, 9 months ago

CORRECTION:

"Admission is free, but visitors are encouraged to support the arts with a voluntary $1 contribution for a wristband to support the arts."

Who is setting policy for the Art Council?

By use of the term "visitors" does this include or exclude "locals"? If the FORMER, why not use the term "attendees"?

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424now 5 years, 9 months ago

Betty's little letter got the better of a bad idea.

A duo of Kudos to Betty. Here! Here!

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stmbtprof 5 years, 9 months ago

If arts council is hard up maybe they should swigging so much wine and fancy food at their meetings...I know I used to be there...

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steamboataviator 5 years, 9 months ago

I am appaled at these comments. As a local citizen and regular attendee for many years, I have no problem supporting the Arts Council and paying $1 for admission. I feel that there are bitter and immature attitudes in the previous posts, and it disappoints me to think that my fellow citizens cannot put their personal feelings aside to support the Arts Council. I have attended many Arts Fairs in other cities, and admission is charged (usually $7 to $14). If you don't want to look at paintings of Yampa River or Native Americans, then don't go. It's these kind of sour and vindictive attitudes that tear communities apart. Many of you need to consider the well-being of our beloved Arts Council or find other activities to bide your time. I will continue to support the Arts Council in years to come as I have in years past, and I hope that you will too.

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CountMonteCristo 5 years, 9 months ago

Congratulations, Betty. You got your 5 minutes of fame you were looking for by raising a stink about a fundraiser. Of course, I'm sure they'll be more than happy to extend your 5 minutes to 15 when they make fun of you in the next Cabaret show. I'd invite you to watch, but if you can't even afford a dollar...

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another_local 5 years, 9 months ago

aviator, I have also attended quite a few art fairs. Outside of the big ones like at McCormick Place in Chicago, I have never seen an admission fee. Certainly never where the fair was held on public property such as a street or a park.

When it comes to supporting the arts council, I have done so as a member with a much greater contribution than $1. That does not change my opinion that the admission fee is poor idea.

I have also attended this event for many years. The support for the arts council, in this case, comes from the booth fees that exhibitors pay. The booth fees are justified by traffic and sales. Traffic is hurt by charging admission.

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rsssco 5 years, 9 months ago

Just curious if anyone knows, does the Arts Council receive taxpayer funds from the City?

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aworker4progress 5 years, 9 months ago

Betty you are and have often been the "draw" for me in this town and especially to the newspaper (read rag) letters to the editor section. I have enjoyed your opinions through my many years of living in this beautiful place...I would have paid your admission fee if I too did not feel as you :BRAVO! As another long-time attendee, (or visitor, even though I live here), my corporART in the PARK weekend will not include this once fun event. Summerbird what are you talking about? In this case, at least it is not about the dollar. A healthy discourse on the arts is not what kills communities STEAMBOATAVIATOR. I have been a member of the Steamboat Arts Council (due paying, card carrying kind), usher, bartender, volunteer, janitor, and even an adjunct, (which is what your comments reminded me of:ADJUNCT definition 1.:something joined or added to another thing but not essentially a part of it.) I have even earned some money from more than one of the many events the Arts Council sponsored or as once was the custom, hosted, as an artist and performer. I too have gotten many t-shirts for doing so. It is often more about the dollar, sadly, than it should be, they even changed their policy (wisely) to a choice to volunteer a "donation", and get another colorful wristband, to display proudly. With convictions like these, and the great decision-making and more importantly remaking help us know they are at least trying and are flexible. What is truly sad and a community killer is the loss of the arts in our culture and schools in general. That is one of many things that can tear a community apart, (I will argue the world even) not the piddley dollar controversies created by a Lance Armstrong style of visual wrist banding. I would be curious to know what harmful leeching color this useless and most likely un-recyclable future landfill presence will be but alas, like Betty I too will not be in attendance. Most likely ever again, but I will remain flexible.

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