A $20M arts center, short on artists

A $20M arts center, short on artists

There are 141 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Jun 3, 2009, titled A $20M arts center, short on artists. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Only two acts were scheduled this summer on the main stage of Burnsville's new $20 million Performing Arts Center.

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NoMayor Coleman

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Jun 3, 2009
Let me guess, they will want a bail out for their bad decision to build this place!

GOVERNOR: CUT BURNSVILLE'S LGA NOW!!!!! GIVE THEM NOTHING!
LGA Larry

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Jun 3, 2009
Let's get back to that recent sales tax increase for the arts and outdoors. Here is a flavor of some of the projects that got state funding recently. It's a flavor of what you the taxpayer will get while school, nursing homes and public safety take cuts:

Susana M. di Palma, Minneapolis
$4,200 : To attend the Festival del Flamenco in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.

Ranee A. Ramaswamy, Minneapolis
$6,000 : For travel to Bali to work with I Dewa Putu Berata to plan and map the production of, Dvee.

Lloyd W. Brant, Minneapolis
$6,000 : For the video documentation of A Life of Serious Nonsense, that tells a tale about clowns as lovers who struggle to put on a Vaudeville show while navigating the ever-shifting rules of engagement in understanding the opposite sex.

Shari G. Aronson, Minneapolis
$6,000 : To develop the tools to get her existing repertoire of family-friendly puppetry shows out to new audiences across Minnesota by working with a videographer to professionalize her video documentation and for a business coach.
hookster

Valdosta, GA

#3 Jun 3, 2009
The mayor of burnsville should be canned as this was supposed to be a $10 million debacle not $20 million. The construction was a joke as noted by prominent Burnsville officials. This is more proof that Government should not manage our money. Dont you think that if it were a money maker, private business would have gladly stepped in and built their own facility. This reminds me of the grand library in Downtown Minneapolis, you know the one, it doesn't get used and they cant afford to keep the doors open for more than a few hours a day, if that. It is time the residents put a halt to government spending and pet projects. Elizabeth Kautz is a fraud. She has been employed by many developers including Jack Brandt, who brought in multiple section 8 housing prrojects that have done nothing but degrade Burnsville. Just ask your local Police officer where they spend most of their time. How about Kaziminy and the millions of dollars spent on a dead end road to the land he owned and partnered with Elizabeth Kautz. Its time we steer her down Buck hill on something less cushy then a mattress, and maybe steer it into the nearest light pole. She could use a good bell ringing.

Until we remove the "powers that be" we will foster an environment of wasteful spending and bailouts. We should vote for people that are concerned about the future of its citizens and this sure doesn't mean handouts. It means responsibility and hard work. State and federal offices should have term limits to eliminate the nest building that they have grown accustomed to and get this country back to a constitutional level of taxation and government spending. Politicians use giveaways to buy votes for people that dont want to use any initiative to better themselves, their neighbors or their communities. People are more than willing to support causes with their own money. If the public wont support it through charity, then neither should the goverment. It is time for term limits and selflessness.
Sideshow Bob

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Jun 3, 2009
NoMayor Coleman wrote:
Let me guess, they will want a bail out for their bad decision to build this place!
GOVERNOR: CUT BURNSVILLE'S LGA NOW!!!!! GIVE THEM NOTHING!
Burnsville gets no LGA, the city takes the citizens' tax dollars and wastes them on crap like this. I have no idea how Mayor Kautz keeps getting elected, but at least I can chide my friend that he now has a worse mayor than the one he gave me a hard time about, Sharon "Soupy Sayles" Belton.
Tony Boza

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Jun 3, 2009
more money down a rat hole:

The City Council voted on Tuesday to spend the majority of its $3.6 million community development bonus under the federal stimulus act on the long-delayed Shubert Theater. Backers said the $2 million is the last piece of the $38 million they need to start construction as soon as this fall.

The council approved the spending over the objections of Paul Ostrow, the lone council member to vote against the recommended projects. "This is frankly not a jobs project," Ostrow said.
Cliff Volkmann

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Jun 3, 2009
Sideshow Bob wrote:
<quoted text>Burnsville gets no LGA, the city takes the citizens' tax dollars and wastes them on crap like this. I have no idea how Mayor Kautz keeps getting elected, but at least I can chide my friend that he now has a worse mayor than the one he gave me a hard time about, Sharon "Soupy Sayles" Belton.


I will tell you how Kautz keeps getting elected. First, there are too many people in Burnsville who do not have a clue about what is going on and do not care. Second, she came into power through the Burnsville Chamber of Commerce and they have continued to endorse her even with her bad judgement along with her pal, councilman Dan Gustafson. Third, take a look at her donor list that is available at city hall. There is a lot of out of town money going into her campaign from people who have a financial interest in her decisions.
Bill Roehl

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Jun 4, 2009
If you want to read all the financial documents related to the PAC, check them out here: http://www.lazylightning.org/performing-arts-...

We are still waiting for the Burnsville Finance Dept to release the April data which is now two weeks overdue. They seem to have a real problem with reviewing three pages of prepared reports in a timely manner.
Krazi

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Jun 4, 2009
You get what you deserve.....fools
Venue

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Jun 4, 2009
2 acts only, its burnsville for crying out loud.

Burnsville...
JBL

Minneapolis, MN

#10 Jun 4, 2009
I hope there was no state taxpayers money used in this fiasco. Maybe it will do better in time.
Incredible

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Jun 4, 2009
And who didn't see this coming? I've been there...it is very nice...but it is BURNSVILLE. Not exactly the center of the fine arts universe.
Out of denial

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Jun 4, 2009
"Councils make decisions all the time about amenities they want in their community," he said. "This council made a decision to build this one. It's just a question of whether the market will deliver on the vision that the council had."
I see. Now that they've blown $20M, it's everyone else's responsibility to make it a success.
St Pauli Girl

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Jun 4, 2009
Relax people, the center just opened. The PAC is beautiful and it is being used for multiple purposes including weddings. You can't expect it to be another Ordway in the first year.
JustaGuy

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Jun 4, 2009
The reality is spending millions of dollars on "the arts" is a huge waste of resources. Every time I hear someone lobbying for more money for the arts it just makes me sick.
Fine Arts

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Jun 4, 2009
We need "fine arts" like we need hemorrhoids. Build a nice bronze statue in your own yard and stare at it and leave the tax money for something that benefits everyone. Fine Arts = The Liberals Playground.
gstrap

United States

#16 Jun 4, 2009
The really sad thing is that George Jones couldn't even sell 1000 seats....
ForReal

Saint Paul, MN

#17 Jun 4, 2009
Fine Arts wrote:
We need "fine arts" like we need hemorrhoids. Build a nice bronze statue in your own yard and stare at it and leave the tax money for something that benefits everyone. Fine Arts = The Liberals Playground.
Please stay in Hopkins and drive your car up and down main street.

Since: Mar 08

Location hidden

#18 Jun 4, 2009
We complain that "we" are cutting the budget and have to cut education, police, fire, the necessities. Then "we" go ahead and fund a $20M arts center. Sheesh.
cory in St Paul

United States

#19 Jun 4, 2009
tough to sell tix without something performing on the stage. Who's running the show down there? Not very smart, if you ask me.
Dave Glad - Burnsville

Plymouth, MN

#20 Jun 4, 2009
Note to Jim Skelly: We're all thrilled for mega-chain Subway but WHAT IS THE PAC DOING FOR ***OUR*** COMMUNITY?
While you try (and fail) to dupe the last few living George Jones fans into paying $79 a ticket, the LOCAL business owners are having their WORST days ever...day after day after day.
If the 50 soccer moms and their giggling ballerinas' dance recital caused Subway to have their "best day ever", why not bring a George Jones into the PAC for TEN DOLLARS per ticket, FILL THE PLACE, put free ads for our LOCAL businesses in the program, and have the businesses reap the benefits of 1,000 bodies in the seats buying the PAC's food and booze and dining at Jensen's, JoJo's Rise and Wine and the other surrounding LOCAL businesses?
It's pretty simple Wolf Larson: Stop "nurturing relationships" (which you should have done six months BEFORE THE PAC OPENED), beg, borrow and steal to get known-named acts in there NOW. Sell the tickets for the lowest cost you can to break even on the night..whatever it takes to get bodies into the facility and the community. BUILD SOME ENERGY AROUND THE PLACE. THEN you can start charging market rates for performances.

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