At the December 11 regular Council meeting, Council unanimously supported a motion to add a $7,000 line item in the 2018 budget for that year’s Sooke Fine Arts Show (SFAS).
In a presentation to Council, Executive Director Christa Rossner made the case that funding SFAS meant an economic return to Sooke. A contribution from the District would enable the arts group to secure other provincial funding opportunities, funding that would be otherwise unavailable. Given that the Sooke Fine Arts Show had an extensive reach and an outstanding reputation, a modest estimate was that it brought in about $600,000 in economic activity in Sooke.
The Sooke Fine Arts Society budgets an average of $50,000 per year to host the event. These funds also go to local businesses to support the event, and including the purchase of storage, space rentals, printing, legal floral, IT, electrical, insurance, advertising, and more.
As concluded in Rossner’s submitted report, “The Sooke Fine Arts Show is also an active non-profit business enterprise that reflects the pride our 300 passionate volunteers have for their home town. The Sooke Fine Arts Show is a local economic driver with abounding benefits to our community and has been key in establishing Sooke as an arts and cultural destination. It has a 31-year history of extraordinary achievement made possible by the people of Sooke for the people of Sooke.”
Her request was augmented with additional supporting letters from the community in Sooke.
The motion was made and carried with unanimous support. In 2018, the show will be in its 32nd year.
The December 11 2017 meeting
All elected officials were present: Mayor Maja Tait, Councillors Brenda Parkinson, Berger, Ebony Logins, Kerrie Reay (left early due to illness), Rick Kasper, Kevin Pearson
December 11, 2017 Full Agenda
- Council to consider bylaw amendment in January, allowing mobile homes on residential lots
- Condos coming to Maple Avenue South
- Sewer continues to plague Sooke Council
- Public Hearing: Sooke narrowly approves another higher density rezoning application
- The notion of a perpetual business licence nixed for Sooke
- Want to do business with the District? Then a business licence from the District will be required
- Proposed Murray Rd staircase to Boardwalk replacement may cost taxpayers $75,000
- Sooke Council will issue apology letters, revisit Memorial Dedication policy early in 2018