Redmond is a city of over 45,000 residents and all that I know we have for permanent, full time performing arts is a small coffee shop that occasionally hosts musicians. Just last week on RCTV, councilmember Stilin spoke of his frustration for not being on the map for a performing arts and cultural center.
The city has a summer series, a poet laureate, an arts store in RTC, and the valuable Historical Society office with memorabilia and speaker's programs (now threatened by redevelopment.) In the summer they rely heavily on the County for outdoor music. In the winter, fall, and spring we hibernate.
For the last three years or so, the city's spent gobs of money and time evaluating elaborate consultant master plans but there's little to show for it -- other than interesting railroad installations in the linear park and the obscure "erratic".
How can we spark art? Most of us aren't Arts Commission "committee types." The Planning Commission's "Historic Core" study is underway. Will Art be examined? Our Ed. Hill Assoc. could invite a commissioner for Q&A. Someone could start a "conversation" during the next Town Hall asking why Arts aren't a priority. The city's got a lot on their plate. It's time they stop analyzing costly, grandiose, bureaucratic art master plans.
Bob Yoder, opinion
Listen to Clint's music