Now more than ever, Arts Garage needs your help and support.
You know the Arts Garage as an emerging cultural and economic engine for Delray Beach and all of South Florida. We showcase and infuse arts and culture into our Delray Beach community, and are earning rave reviews with each new opening.
It is no secret the future of our home has hung in the balance between arts and politics for many months, and given the events that have arisen over the last several weeks I am forced to ask for your vital voice and strong support next week.
On April 16th, the Delray Beach city commission will decide our fate as the anchor and incubator of arts and culture by determining whether we stay at our present location in the heart of the Pineapple Grove Arts District.
I know the mayor and the members of the city commission understand the tremendous impact our artistic organization has on the economy, culture and lifestyle of Delray Beach.
It hasn't been easy. But next Tuesday, we can finally gain the certainty we have been working for.
Since its inception, Arts Garage has been instrumental in driving the success of Pineapple Grove as an arts district, as a constructive image for our city, and as a magnet for the best and the brightest in the arts, entertainment, and education to come to Delray Beach.
It's time to collaborate again on the 16th and keep arts and culutre front and center in Pineapple Grove. Please join us at 7PM in the city commission chambers in Delray Beach City Hall so we can make our voices heard once again and safeguard the home of Arts Garage. And please bring a friend!
So mark your calendar for next Tuesday, stay engaged and stay positive. And thank you once again for your continuing and generous efforts. We never take the privilege of your support for granted.
Hopefully next week I will write to you that with our 2nd anniversary we will finally have a permanent home, and to once again highlight all the great activities and plans we have in store for another great year at Arts Garage.
I strongly believe Arts Garage is the highest and best use of this space. The economic impact of this arts organization is far greater than the projected benefit of office spaces, especially with respect to our entire community. Arts Garage patrons, who otherwise may not come to Delray Beach, frequent and support other local businesses, including city parking, restaurants and retail establishments. Arts Garage serves as the gateway to Pineapple Grove by offering vibrant activities at all times of the day and into the night.
I believe Arts Garage brings both tangible and intangible benefits to Delray Beach that can best be developed and amplified if it stays in its current location. It has proven its viability as a cultural asset and is poised for an even brighter future.