While city officials are crunching numbers for the 2017-18 Fountain Inn budget, supporters of the arts are organizing to send a positive message.
A Rally to Celebrate the Arts in Fountain Inn is planned for next Thursday, June 1. Organizers have asked supporters of the Younts Center for Performing Arts to gather at City Hall for speakers, special performances, and to sign a petition. The rally is scheduled to begin at 5:30 PM.
Rally attendees that live in city limits can also sign up to speak at the June 8 City Council Meeting, a task that must be done by Friday, June 2.
GP McLeer, Fountain Inn resident, explained the purpose of the rally. “There’s no denying that activity at the Younts Center jump-started the growth up and down our Main Street, turning vacant storefronts into new community favorites. I remember building the set for the very first musical at the Younts Center in an abandoned pharmacy on Main Street. Today, that same building houses the Italian restaurant Cucina 100. But beyond the economic impact the arts have had on Fountain Inn, the community connections and relationships made are just as impactful. Some of the children who were in the very first theatre camp almost 10 years ago are still acting on that stage today. There’s even been an engagement on the stage during a rehearsal. I know people who bought their homes here because the arts led them to Fountain Inn.
For many, the arts are what made them fall in love with this city. From the Chorale, to the Symphony, to theatre, this city is a shining example of the impact the arts can have on the whole community. We all love being here because of it and I’m glad we’re given this opportunity to celebrate it.”
Citizens found out at the May council meeting that parts of the Younts Center’s operations may be outsourced, and two executive sessions have been held this month concerning a contract there. No action has been taken by council to date.
Fountain Inn has also called a Public Hearing regarding the budget on May 31, the day before this rally. The hearing will begin at 6pm at City Hall.
Meeting agendas and a full schedule for city council can be found at fountaininn.org