Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Astoria Sunday Market donated $2,000 to Clatsop Community College Foundation in support of the Performing Arts Center.  The Market is committed to donating money to projects that support its mission to revitalize downtown Astoria. "The Performing Arts Center is an important performance venue that enhances the economy and livability of our downtown" noted Director Cyndi Mudge. "The Astoria Sunday Market board feels this is a great investment in our community."

With recent funding reductions from the state, Clatsop Community College has faced challenges to finding funding to operate the Performing Arts Center (PAC). A coalition of local arts organizations (Partners for the PAC) has joined forces with the college to help maintain the PAC for affordable public arts & educational events for the 2012-13 calendar year.

The group is working to raise funds to sustain the PAC facility-approximately $20,000 per year- while the College has agreed to hold off on plans to close the facility. Funds raised will be used exclusively for maintenance and operating costs for the PAC. Any amount raised over the operating expenses for the 2012-13 year will be used to build a contingency fund for emergency repairs and improvements to the PAC facility only.

Organizing the fundraising effort with Partners for the PAC is Constance Waisanen, a member of the North Coast Chorale.  She said the center still needs help with maintaining the landscape, cleaning the interior and helping restore the structure. The Partners hope to eventually get the college's Historic Restoration and Preservation program involved.  "We need to build up a contingency fund to deal with these things," said Waisanen.

Astoria Sunday Market was established in 2000 and is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization. The Market has raised over $140,000 since its inception to help fund projects and programs that meet its mission to revitalize downtown Astoria and to support the economic viability and vitality of farmers, artists, artisans and other small business operators in the Pacific Northwest.  The Market mission is also dedicated to creating a vibrant educational marketplace for the community benefit.  The board is comprised of seven members that volunteer their time to oversee Market operations.  The board includes downtown merchants, landlords, Market vendors, and community representatives:

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