The city will eliminate the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center’s director position at the end of the year, according to city Parks and Recreation director Corey Delikat.
Director Robin Anderson, who Delikat said last week is at the top end of the salary range — earning $66,000 annually — will depart after three years in the position.
The city will also phase out its $27,500 annual contribution to the fine arts center’s budget, Delikat said. This will happen over three years, starting in 2016.
Back in March, the Port Angeles City Council held a priority-setting session in which members decided its fine arts center funding is a non-essential cost, said Mayor Dan Di Guilio.
With police and fire funding considered indispensable, the art museum and park fell to “the bottom of the list,” he added.
No, the City has wanted to kill the PAFAC for years now, and with this move they've come one big step closer to doing just that. They have consciously announced to the world that they don't give even a teeny tiny itsy bitsy damn about the arts. Unconsciously, they have also admitted, yet again, that they don't know how to manage their own budget, or to support the local economy in any meaningful way. Sum total, this is the City saying they're ignorant, and proud of it, and are unwilling to change their ways.
All of which doesn't bode well for the handful of Scott Nagel true believers who think the Lincoln Theater can or will become...an Arts Center. Port Angeles doesn't do Arts Centers, folks.