Cornwall Ontario — Please note that the Cornwall City Council meeting of Monday, April 22nd, 2013, has been rescheduled to Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013.
The meeting was rescheduled in order to allow Council members to participate in a Children’s Treatment Centre fundraiser on April 22nd.
The Council meeting will be held at Cornwall City Hall (360 Pitt Street) beginning at 7 pm. The agenda and reports for the Council meeting can be accessed from the Council meetings page.
You can also watch Council meetings live via webcast through the City website! To learn how to access the webcast player, please visit the webcast page.
Artists in the Park on Cornwall City Council meeting agenda for Tuesday April 23rd
Arts and Culture are on the Agenda this Tuesday. Here is a resolution that will be read in hopes of making arts and culture events in Lamoureux Park more viable this summer:
WHEREAS artists at work are a proven tourist draw; and
WHEREAS the Culture Committee would like to see Cornwall mount such a tourist draw on a regular basis; and WHEREAS last summer, on four occasions, Focus Art responded to the Culture Committee’s invitation to help create outdoor art events that would/could form tourist walkabout opportunities, and encouraged artists to participate, on a trial basis; and
WHEREAS, unfortunately, the exercise proved to be unduly onerous for the artists.
WHEREAS, because there is no shelter in the park, artists had to purchase and erect tents, set up tables, easels, and other display furniture, on each occasion, and that proved to be both physically and economically challenging, and
WHEREAS, in accordance with City By-laws, artists had to pay a fee to set up their shelters, tools and display spaces; and
WHEREAS the artists were trying to create an artistic synergy in Lamoureux Park, at the request of the Culture Committee; and
WHEREAS, consequently, in retrospect, it seems to the Culture Committee to be counterproductive to require the individual artists to pay for the trial program, which was not a financial benefit to the individual artists but which has great potential if continued, to constitute a tourist attraction for the city, and perhaps even be a benefit to the artists eventually.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT in the interest of creating a successful tourist attraction in Lamoureux Park, that the trial of the summer of 2012 be modified to exempt participating artists or crafters from paying a fee to the City, though they would still require a permit; and
THAT the Culture Committee and the City’s Leisure and Arts Coordinator, Lorne Taillon, work with Focus Art and the Culture Committee to make such modifications to the program that it might be more successful in the summer of 2013.