Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is about to wrap up its 40th season. A recent article in the Columbian has reported that local Murdock Charitable Trust recently presented the symphony with a large grant of more than $200,000 to help develop better philanthropic support.
Before the great recession the city had some grand plans for block ten that included a performing arts center. Remember that? It was a good idea really. Well I think it is still a good idea, but perhaps over at the former Carr Dealership lot near the wonderful Fort Vancouver Library.
A performing arts theater would be great for the local stage companies as well as the VSO. Perhaps the grant to VSO will help them become a better funded non-profit and bring more demand and awareness for classical music. I think the auditorium they build should have at least 2000 seats.
The economy is booming and now is the time to muster support for a performing arts facility in the Downtown area. Vancouver’s Downtown and the new expansion at the waterfront are bringing thousands of people into the area. It is during these economic expansions that the philanthropic cash starts to flow. It is also during these times that business money flows and Vancouver USA needs to clamp down on as much as it can while the getting is good.
Ah the ‘Couv’ life; it is good.