Letters to the Editor

Letter: Proposed Vista Arts Center not part of ‘Grand Bargain’

An article about a “Grand Bargain” to simultaneously vote on a tax increase for facilities in the three Tri-Cities generated numerous questions for the Arts Center Task Force. People wanted to know if our proposed Vista Arts Center was part of the deal.

The simple answer is “no.”

Our Vista Arts Center will be an 800-seat theater and gallery/gathering space in the heart of Vista Field. The center will give audiences an opportunity see regional companies and smaller touring groups in a space with excellent acoustics and elegant surroundings. It also will host visual arts happenings and educational programs.

The task force is seeking private donations and grants to build the facility. We are negotiating with the Port of Kennewick for the land. The port’s mission is to support sound economic growth opportunities that create jobs and improve the quality of life of port district citizens. A solid example is the Spaulding Business Park.

We support efforts of our cities to build public facilities. We only want to clear up confusion and clarify our mission among the several efforts to enhance the quality of life in the Mid-Columbia.

Kathryn Lang, Communications Chairman, Arts Center Task Force, Richland