More than 30 speakers showed up to plead their case for a portion of the 2 million dollars in available funds at the latest SECA meeting, to be parceled out based on recommendations from the advisory cultural commission.
The public hearing was in response to the initial allotments, which had been placed under consideration.
Under those guidelines, some groups would come up a bit short of their ask – including NCTV, who would receive only about half of the requested funds for a new lighting project; and the Pete Ellman Big Band, who would get about 7,000 dollars less than they had wanted for a jazz festival.
But others came in closer to their requests, like the Turkey Trot and Ribfest Organizers.
One ask that would last beyond this year was from the century walk, its hoping to be granted an “existing agreement” by the city for a 3-year-guarantee of 10% of the funds, to be used for maintenance of the public art works they provide.
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