Arts Garage (Creative City Collaborative): Dear Friends and Supporters, We are grateful for the immense support, passionate pleas to the Commissioners and the incredible turnout at 2/12 city commission meeting. The chamber was packed with our supporters, residents and artists, some of whom live close enough to walk, and others who traveled from as far as Miami. We thank the Commission for exploring ways to keep Arts Garage where it is and for deciding to table their vote until April in search for better alternatives. I am optimistic that eventually a decision will be made that will ultimately benefit not only Arts Garage but also the entire city. We continue to take our hat off to CRA board and staff. It is because of their vision for Delray Beach that the Arts Garage had the foundation in which to flourish, why our Atlantic Avenue is exploding with activity and why Pineapple Grove is quickly becoming an arts district that others will want to emulate. We will keep you informed on the latest developments as they occur and ask you to stay engaged. Thank you once again for your continuing and generous efforts. We never take the privilege of your support for granted. Warmest wishes, Alyona
ARTS GARAGE LOCATION IN JEOPARDY!
On February 12, 2013 hundreds of you came together to show your support for arts and culture in Delray Beach. Thousands more of you signed petitions and made calls. Ours was a positive movement intended to do nothing more than encourage our city commissioners to do what is in the best long term interest of Pineapple Grove Arts District, Delray Beach and Arts Garage.
Since that date, there have been some questionable and untrue accusations made. Most recently, Howard Kanner of the law firm Kanner & Pintaluga made a statement accusing Arts Garage and the CRA of excluding the firm from talks about the disposition of the property, commenting: “It’s so bizarre the way this is all being done… It’s all being done behind the scenes between the Arts Garage and the CRA.” (Sun Sentinel, 2/27).
These statements are entirely untrue, and are counter-productive and indeed harmful to the process of resolving this issue.
Our motives and actions have been clear and single-minded from the start; we only wish to enhance the cultural landscape of the city and of the region. Mayor Carney has advanced a proposal to split the property that is anything but ideal for either party. However, per his request, the CRA and Arts Garage addressed this proposal at CRA special open public meeting called last week to satisfy the Mayor’s tight time frame.
The CRA and Arts Garage have responded to all requests made by the city commission and the Mayor in an open and transparent fashion. We are not out of the woods yet. Please stay tuned as we at Arts Garage wait to find out if we can keep our home.
Your passion fuels ours. Thank you!!!