Daily Archives: April 1, 2009

Will increased city fees hinder Valley arts & culture events?

[Source: Arizona Republic] — For the Arizona Aloha Festival, held two weeks ago at the [Tempe] lakeside park, higher fees could put greater financial strain on the non-profit group, said Lacretia Bacon, who chaired the festival’s planning committee.  The Hawaiian celebration had been held in downtown Phoenix for 14 years, but this was the first time the festival had to pay fees for police, fire, trash, and facility rentals.  “I don’t know what our future will hold.  In our political arena right now, everybody is suffering.  The cities need to assess fees and corporations are not supporting events,” said Bacon, who also works as a volunteer organizer for the city of Phoenix.  “I think there will be tough times, especially for small organizations that do cultural events.”  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]