LETTER: Increased accountability is needed regarding finances

I would like to add my voice to those asking for accountability by those in charge of Vashon Center for the Arts. At the time, decisions were made regarding the theater and gallery. Opinions were expressed. Many preferred a smaller, intimate theater; questions were asked about the financial wisdom of the project; concern was voiced about the need to bring off-island entertainment to afford the center, which would price out many islanders.

The impression that I had was that islanders were free to express their opinions, but Vashon Allied Arts would not consider them as the project was funded by private money. Were they aware that grants given by the state are taxpayer money?

The elegant Bainbridge Island Museum of Art has come to my mind also. I believe our building is not attractive or inviting.

— Teri Thorne

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