FAC President and CEO David Dahlin reached out to the Independent
to clarify the non-information in the statement. The issue is that CC and the FAC are still negotiating details, and until the organizations' lawyers greenlight everything, nothing is set in stone.
So from the outside, the statement means that the parties involved are still working on the partnership. They haven't nailed everything down, but Dahlin says that all involved are trying to build an institutional plan that will honor the FAC's priorities. He adds that the plan they're working on is transitional, and the relationship after a year will likely differ from the relationship five years down the line.
In short, all we can derive is that the FACCC train has not derailed and will arrive in its station in due time. Eventually.
——ORIGINAL POST 12:17 P.M. MON., JUN 20, 2016——
Today, the Fine Arts Center released a statement on its website
announcing that their and Colorado College's Boards of Trustees "have voted to take yet another important step forward in developing an alliance." It's the first news we've had since the FAC announced plans to "forge a future together" back in January.
Read the full text below:
Statement from the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and Colorado College
Monday, June 20, 2016
The president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, David Dahlin, and the president of Colorado College, Jill Tiefenthaler, announced on Monday, June 20, 2016, that the respective Boards of Trustees for each organization have voted to take yet another important step forward in developing an alliance between the Fine Arts Center and Colorado College.
Leaders of both organizations continue to discuss the potential structure of such an agreement to ensure the greatest success for each organization, their respective stakeholders, and for the benefit of the Colorado Springs community.
“This is a big undertaking and we want to do it right,” said Colorado College President Jill Tiefenthaler. “This idea came from the community, and we recognize the significance and benefits of the alliance. We are committed to creating a partnership that respects the history of both institutions, and that secures an enduring legacy for the benefit of the Fine Arts Center, Colorado College, and the residents of this region and beyond.”
“I am excited for what this means for the future of the Fine Arts Center and our community. We don’t have all the details worked out but I’m confident that we can create something together that is far superior to what we could do alone,” said Fine Arts Center President and CEO David Dahlin. “Our boards are supportive of pressing forward to formalize an agreement that assures the ongoing mission of the FAC for generations to come and that increases our ability to deliver world-class arts programming.”
An agreement is expected to be finalized later this summer, and an announcement of the formalization of the new relationship will be provided when the information is available.
John Gaw Meems Fine Arts Center, built in 1936, was the first of its kind in the United States.
It's hard to ignore the fact that this statement says exactly nothing about what has been decided, voted on, approved or actioned. We spoke with Amanda Weston, Media Relations for the FAC, but she was unable to provide us with any details. Whatever happens between these two titans of local culture will likely have a massive effect on the local arts scene, which makes every non-event worth paying attention to.
Still, should we have concrete information, we'll share it here. Until then, keep your eyes peeled for, to paraphrase John Cleese, the next superb display of inertia.