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Museum Claims It Needs City's Financial Backing To Flourish

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RALEIGH — Leaders of the Contemporary Art Museum on West Martin Street in Raleigh are frustrated that the city has been slow with support. The city helped start the museum back in 1985, but its future commitment is up in the air.

Musuem officials say it needs a financial commitment from the city to take off.

"It has a ripple effect in the economy. I mean if somebody comes here and spends an afternoon, they're likely to run over to Cameron Village or City Market and do some shopping or spend the night," says Denise Dickens, executive director of the museum.

The Contemporary Art Museum's impact on the city's future is now in the hands of the city council and the mayor. The museum asked the city for a $600,000 grant, which would come from taxes on hotel rooms and food.


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