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Regional Arts and Culture Council: Clear City goals aligned with strong Arts Council strategy will improve arts and culture services

This report makes recommendations to improve the City’s provision of art and culture services through its contract with the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

The Mayor and Arts Commissioner asked the City Auditor to perform a broad review of the Regional Arts and Culture Council’s operations pursuant to its contractual agreement with the City after the Arts Council’s long time Executive Director retired last summer.

The Arts Council is an independent 501(c)(3) organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The City has contracted with the Arts Council for more than 20 years for arts and culture services including public art, grants, arts education, strategic planning and advocacy. Before becoming a nonprofit organization, the Arts Council was a City bureau.

This report first covers overall audit results, then background about the City’s history with the Arts Council and about the organization itself, and then discusses in more detail our audit findings and recommendations.

View our audit report and recommendations

View highlights from our audit report


Jenny Scott

Performance Auditor III

Martha Prinz

Performance Auditor II