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Hayes Center Taking Steps to Become Financially Sound PDF Print
Written by Adam Hicks   
Tuesday, 20 October 2009 08:28

Officials with the Hayes Performing Arts Center in Blowing Rock continue to plan the next steps for the financially challenged facility.


Officials temporarily suspended operations at the facility several weeks ago.

According to Rick Suyao of the Hayes Center, officials are involving community business leaders, educational institutions, and arts councils in the restructuring process.

Officials have brought in arts management consultant Deirdre Simmons on several occasions to assess the community’s interest in seeing the Hayes Center move forward.

Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Ron Bryson, said, “Each meeting Ms. Simmons was engaged in together with numerous phone conversations with various members of the community inform me that there is support in ensuring that this facility resumes operations and on a more solid foundation.  However, the state of the Hayes Center at this time is fragile, and we need people involved in this restructuring effort who have a solid grasp of the business of the performing arts.”

Bryson added, “I am more optimistic that we can and will be successful than I have been in months.  The Hayes is a vital community resource.  Every one of these meetings reinforces that fact and the possibility for the Center’s future.”


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