LETTER: Maintenance funds’ importance was known

Elizabeth Shepherd’s superb article was most welcome, even though unsettling. When I was on VAA’s board, some years ago, a few of us went to other arts centers, such as Bainbridge. Beautiful ones. Each of their boards warned us that, without separate funds for maintaining the buildings, it had been a disaster. So I was particularly delighted when Kay White’s bequest was sufficient (according to all statements at the time!) to adequately avoid that unfortunate result. Yet here we are, with conflicting reasons for that failure, on and on.

As a photojournalist for 20 years and special writer in the past for The Beachcomber, thank you for doing such a careful, insightful story of fine journalism.

— Kaj Wyn Berry

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