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Fine Arts Center in Limbo

Marshall County Arts Cooperative representatives plan to meet with the Marysville City Council to discuss the future of the Art Center in Marysville. At a previous meeting city council members raised the idea that the city should give up ownership of the building and end the city’s responsibility for the building.

According to Wayne Kruse, director of the Marshall County Arts Cooperative the city council would like to give the building back to the heirs of the Lee Dam Family. Kruse said he believes the heirs do not want the property back. The Marshall County Arts Cooperative has launched a capital campaign to make needed improvements to the center. Kruse stated he is concerned about moving forward with the capital improvement campaign, planning future events and allowing reservations for the center’s use until the city has made a decision.

Currently, MCAC has a Management Agreement for the art center with the City of Marysville; The Arts Cooperative cares for the inside of the building and the city is responsible for the outside. Our agreement expires on September 26, 2012. At Monday’s city council the Arts Cooperative intends to ask the council to extend the agreement for one more year. In addition Kruse said he will ask the council to include the Arts Cooperative in future discussions about the building. Kruse in asking supporters of the Marshall County Arts Cooperative to attend Monday evening’s Marysville Council Meeting to show support for the Cooperative.

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