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City of Oaks Fast Becoming City of Arts

Posted May 15, 2007

— Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker has art on his mind. He announced a partnership Tuesday to bring four new festivals of the arts to the downtown area.

The festivals, which will include cutting-edge art, puppetry, holiday celebrations and visual arts, will take place at Lichtin Plaza over the next 18 to 24 months.

"These new events will showcase this beautiful plaza and performing arts center and all of the wonderful development that are happening in downtown Raleigh," said Helen White, president of Artsplosure.

"It's great to have this kind of private support. These festivals will be a lot of fun not just for citizens of Raleigh, but people across the Triangle who come down here," Meeker said.

The festivals will either be free or charge a small admission fee. Nine corporations in the Raleigh area are contributing $30,000 each to bring the festivals to the capital city.


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  • lollly52 May 16, 2007

    Dwtn_guy thanks for the url. I do understand the concept of sucking tax revenue from the suburbs to fund downtown revitalization; however, the City of Raleigh has chosen to do so while Wake County is hammering people on taxes and the end to unmanaged sprawl/growth is nowhere in sight. Meeker and Allen have raised fees; cut services; re-re-reinvented Fayetteville Street Mall; funded a boondoggle of a convention center; decided that we all need to cut water use just because it is good practice AND still have enough tax revenue left over to fund festivals. Paying increasingly higher taxes to people drunk off opium (other people’s money) gets less fun over time… JDB?

  • dwtn_guy May 16, 2007


    Well, it looks like $30,000 is being donated by the City Council. God help us all. SMITHFIELD RESIDENTS, UNITE!!!!

  • 2late May 16, 2007

    "Festivas for the restovus"...

  • lollly52 May 16, 2007

    I have a question. Is the designation “City of Arts” ever associated with low taxes – anywhere in the US or world. I googled City of Arts and did not see a single city that I recognized as having low taxes. 9 corporations are donating 30,000$: however, the article does not say that will completely cover the cost of these festivals.

  • dwtn_guy May 15, 2007

    That's great. I don't have anything negative to say about going to the RBC and seeing a 'Canes game is a helluva night. But i'm not talking about that. i was referring to the person who said they should hold the art show at RBC. Sure, it may be cool there, in it's own way, but you have to have it both ways. I have to admit, I'm not an artsy person either, but you have to have SOMETHING in the heart of your city. For those of us who live in/near downtown, why should we have to drive to West Raleigh? That's all I'm saying. Anyway, it's a moot point. There are no tax dollars being spent, anyway.

  • colliefan May 15, 2007

    you would rather drive to the RBC Center, then get in your car and drive somewhere else

    yep, I would much rather drive to the RBC and watch a Canes game that go down and see an "art" show. Toss in a good hockey fight makes it even better.

  • dwtn_guy May 15, 2007

    You people need to work on your READING COMPREHENSTION. Check this quote out from the article: "It's great to have this kind of private support." This is NOT costing you one DIME, so stop complaining. There is a group of people in this city that will automatically criticize ANY effort to bring people downtown. I respect your rights to have your car-driven lifestyle, but don't try to knock people who like going downtown to be able to walk from place to place. It would be great to go to a festival, then walk up Fayetteville or Martin Street to have lunch, then walk down to a museum. Conversely, you would rather drive to the RBC Center, then get in your car and drive somewhere else. That's fine with me. But you people need to lighten up; someday, the city will HAVE to spend money on the arts and public transit, because not everybody sees things the way you do. I just pray that Western Civilization will survive.

  • party pooper May 15, 2007

    Oops, *money spent

  • party pooper May 15, 2007

    My favorite was the money spend or the money that was going to be spent on the pigeon trap at the end of Fayetteville Street. Uh, I mean the strings of light. Yeah, that thing was worth two million. What the eye sore on Capital again?

  • colliefan May 15, 2007

    Why should I waste my time and money? How much tax dollars are going to this group?