Pinehurst to Hold Discussion on Performing Arts Center
By Tom Embrey
The village of Pinehurst will host a public information meeting regarding the concept of a Pinehurst Performing Arts Center at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Assembly Hall of the Pinehurst Village Hall.
The meeting will provide Webb Management Services, the firm engaged by the village of Pinehurst to conduct a needs assessment, an opportunity to share some preliminary information as well as -provide the public an opportunity to offer any comments.
The New York-based Webb Management Services spent three days in Pinehurst and the surrounding area in February interviewing dozens of people as well as touring and visiting all the significant performance -venues in the area.
Duncan Webb, president of the firm, said during his visit that he is focusing on a -broader topic than just a performing arts center in Pinehurst. He is also asking what role the cultural arts should play in the village and then see what that says about a need for facilities.
"Ultimately, the community has to buy in," Webb said at the time of his visit. "The key thing is whatever we recommend has to make sense for Pinehurst. A lot of that depends on how the community grasps or doesn't grasp the ideas we present."
The idea for a performing arts center was first proposed last summer by David Michael Wolff, founder and conductor of the Carolina Philharmonic. He proposed a 2,200-seat performing arts center that would also include an educational component.
Wolff's work led to -discussions about a possible site for a facility, which spurred discussions and prompted supporters of the concept to ask the council to fund a feasibility study.
In January, the council appropriated $33,500 from its general fund to pay for the study. Supporters have said the assessment is a critical piece to determine if an arts center is feasible in Moore County.
Webb Management has conducted similar work in Durham, Raleigh, Fayetteville, Cary, Wilmington, Charlotte and Blowing Rock.
A final report on the needs assessment will be completed after the public information meeting, and Webb Management will return in May to present its findings to the Pinehurst Village Council.
If there is a need for a -performing arts center, the second phase of the study would be the development of a business plan. That phase, according to a proposal from Webb Management, would cost $24,000 plus expenses reimbursement of $3,600. The second phase of the study would take about 10 weeks.
For any questions, contact Assistant Village Manager Jeff Batton at (910) 295-1900.
Contact Tom Embrey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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