Portal to … nowhere
Thu, Jan 29, 2009 (midnight)
Call it another casualty of the crappy economy. Originally expected to launch in late spring, the Metro Arts Council’s web portal, intended to put all the Valley’s arts organizations under one umbrella, is now indefinitely delayed until alternate funding can be found.
Los Angeles-based Civic Resource Group has already designed the portal, but MAC needs funds to train arts organizations in how to use the site, as well as screen and edit what would eventually go on it. Grants and donations were expected to pay for those administrative costs, but MAC President Joan Lolmaugh says her group will now look at partnerships. “We feel MAC is here to serve arts organizations. One thing we don’t want to do is take cash out of their pockets for our projects. That doesn’t help them at all.”
MAC will update its membership, and the general public, on February 3 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Fifth Street School Auditorium.