Arts and entertainment columnist
ItÕs hard to believe, but it was nearly two years ago when Folsom Lake College broke ground for their Performing Arts Center. The crme de la crme of FolsomÕs business and arts communities celebrated the dawn of a new era of arts and entertainment.
It was just before the banking crisis and the election of President Obama. No one really thought the automobile, real estate and stock markets would tumble to the extent that they did. Folsom even had two community newspapers vying to serve the public.
Looking back, it was an age of innocence for Folsom and the surrounding communities. Folks wanted change, and change happened. Maybe not the type many wanted, but change all the same. Yet, when one door closes, another opens. One must always to be open to meet new challenges.
With the near completion of the FLC Performing Arts Center, the arts community Ñ you, the readers Ñ have an opportunity to direct the sort of entertainment that will be held at the venue. The college has launched an online survey asking the public for input.
This survey is important.
Local nonprofit arts groups like El Dorado Musical Theatre and the Folsom Lake Symphony Orchestra have a valid concern that they could be Òshut outÓ of the new facility.
In any economic environment, but certainly this one, buildings need to Òpay for themselves.Ó The FLC Performing Arts Center will charge entertainment groups for the use of the facility. The question is, will this access be affordable for local artists?
Ergo, the survey. FLC wants to know if the local arts can deliver the goods Ñ an audience. The online form takes about five minutes to fill out, and is available at flc.losrios.edu. Choose ÒArts Center SurveyÓ from the Quick Links pull-down menu at the top of the page.
The survey asks what sorts of music you enjoy, what multi-cultural and ethnic venues you like, do you like cowboy poetry or lecture series, what community groups are you a member of, how much should tickets cost, what time should events start and more.
So, gentle reader, here is your opportunity to tell the largest entertainment venue in east Sacramento County what you want. Do you want off-Broadway productions? Tell them. Do you want big-ticket entertainers and comedians? Let them know that, too.
But if the local arts are a value to you, tell them that also. Remind them that this is a part of what our tax dollars have paid for: a venue to showcase and to develop local talent, as well as a place to bring world-class talent to the Tri-County region.
The survey can be taken anonymously. If you wish to be in the drawing for $500, you have to give your contact information. ItÕs up to you.
The future is in your fingertips É vote your choices today.
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