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Board Of Governors Requested For Art Gallery

The Woodstock Art Gallery needs a board of governors. The gallery told City Council that having one would allow them to be eligible for Operation Grant Funding that they do not qualify for without. Woodstock Museum curator Karen Houston says she found four governance models. "When I was doing the research I realized that there were a number of different options that other municipal art galleries were using. So some of them had straight up and incorporated a not-for-profit board. Other ones had advisory boards so they were under the municipal structure but they had an actual board and they had authority under that". The other options were a combined city and art gallery committee or cultural advisory board including both the gallery and museum. Houston thinks an advisory board would be the best option. Woodstock Mayor Pat Sobeski thinks this is a step in the right direction. "We've done a lot of ground work the last two years and I am hopeful that over the next two years we now have a realistic budget and we can start to take advantage of our council grants". There is a two month comment period for stakeholders before a decision on the type of board is made.

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