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Arts foundation to discuss future of SV arts center

Express Staff Writer

The newly formed Sun Valley Arts Foundation meets tonight at Sun Valley City Hall to announce the membership of its board of directors and to hear presentations from Aspen architect Harry Teague and Peter Donnelly from ArtsFund in Seattle.

The meeting from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. will be held in the Sun Valley City Council meeting room and is open to the public.

Dan Drackett, chairman of the SVAF board of directors, and Sun Valley Mayor Dave Wilson said the meeting was not a function of the city government.

Drackett said the SVAF was set to meet at the Elkhorn Resort, but a double booking problem forced it to look for another location in short order.

So the city offered its available space.

"We really needed a larger room," Drackett said. "But this will do, and it was free."

The SVAF formed out of the arts community of the Wood River Valley in response to a land lease offer by the city.

The city owns a five-acre parcel of land on Sun Valley Road, contiguous to Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, which it has offered to lease to the arts community if it can come up with the money and organization to build an arts center on it.

Some people refer to the property as the "horse pasture," mistaking it to be Bureau of Land Management property, Drackett said.

The pasture, which runs the length of the north side of Sun Valley Road to its intersection with Saddle Road, belongs to the Sun Valley Co. and is zoned for outdoor recreational uses.

The zoning allows for conditional uses such as an arts center.

The city came into possession of a five-acre portion of the pasture in a land swap deal with the Sun Valley Co. in December 2000.

In exchange, the company got the property the old Moritz Community Hospital was on.

Drackett said the purpose of the SVAF is "to plan, to raise funds, to endow, to build and to manage shared community arts facilities."

He said the foundation has not yet been granted non-profit, 501-3c status with the Internal Revenue Service, "but we qualify in every way."

He said he would proceed with filing for non-profit status once the newly appointed board of directors have had the opportunity to review the foundationís bylaws and articles of incorporation.

Drackett said he welcomed input from the public about the foundation and about proposals to build on the 5-acre parcel.

He said Teague would present the "latest iteration" of architectural plans for an arts campus at the meeting.


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