Community meeting on arts center Tuesday |

Community meeting on arts center Tuesday

Charles Levinson, Sierra Sun News Service

The Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation is holding a town hall meeting at Northstar-at-Tahoe Tuesday to provide a forum for the community to discuss the issues confronting the arts in Lake Tahoe.

Oregon consultant Bill Bulick will mediate the meeting.

Bulick has spent the past three weeks talking to key members of the arts community in Lake Tahoe. He will use the information gathered from conversations with artists, patrons and business leaders to structure what organizers hope will be a constructive debate.

Foundation director Lisa Dobey said the arts community in Tahoe is vibrant but fragmented. She hopes this meeting will help address that fragmentation.

“It’s a chance to get everyone in the community who’s interested in arts in the same room,” Dobey said. “If we’re able to bring everybody together then we can help figure out ways to make things happen.”

Topping the wish list for the arts community in Tahoe is a performing arts center. Before such a center can be built, planners need to know what to put in it, Dobey said.

“We don’t want to build a facility for a ballet company if what we’re going to do is symphonies,” she said.

Also expected to be on the agenda is the issue of audience, particularly who should be targeted in Tahoe: the visitor, the local or the second homeowner. An effective means of listing all arts events is also needed, Dobey said. These and other issues will be addressed at the Tuesday meeting.

The meeting will be held Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the Chaparral Room at Northstar-at-Tahoe.

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