FAYETTEVILLE — The city wants to get serious about its artistic endeavors.
Next year’s budget includes more than $219,000 to create an arts and culture program. The program will involve hiring an arts and culture director, contracting with a regional arts organization, setting the framework for an arts and culture master plan, programming for the arts corridor downtown, fundraising efforts and public art.
The discussion on creating an arts and culture position with the city started in 2019 when then-Council Member Sarah Marsh asked to include it in the budget. The City Council passed the 2020 budget without the position, but administrators say the time is right to include it in next year’s budget.
The City Council approved its budget for next year Tuesday with more than 24 new full-time-equivalent positions. Among them is a director of arts and culture. Council members in past meetings expressed support for creating the