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Heritage association supports the arts agency | Letter

I’d like to detail the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association’s (VMIHA) position regarding plans for the new Vashon Allied Arts (VAA) performing arts center. (“County officials question art center’s design,” May 9.) VMIHA’s board approved a motion that read “VMIHA should consider formally and publicly supporting the efforts of another island non-profit organization when the mission and projects of that non-profit intersect with the mission and organizational health of VMIHA. Specifically VMIHA should support Vashon Allied Arts’ building project because it will almost certainly benefit VMIHA.”

This motion passed with one dissenting vote. As a result, the VMIHA board drafted and approved sending the following letter to the VAA’s board.

“The Vashon Maury Island Heritage Association enthusiastically supports Vashon Allied Arts’ goal to provide a much needed island center for the visual and performing arts. The heritage association applauds VAA’s efforts to support, sustain and promote the arts on Vashon-Maury Islands. We look forward to working with VAA on historical displays which will be incorporated in the new center. The VMIHA board salutes and thanks VAA!”

The VAA’s presentation of its project to our board described the long and costly design process VAA has undertaken. We were made aware that the VAA project is already at the construction document stage and VAA has provided several opportunities for public viewing and comment.  Comments with respect to design and other new construction at Center were voiced during the VMIHA board discussion.

The VMIHA board voted to support the VAA’s efforts to provide a new performance arts center without taking a position on the design because it was the heritage association’s view that our goals and VAA’s goals intersect where Islanders and visitors appreciate cultural activity and attend community events.

— Bob Fetterley, board president, VMIHA


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