The arts festival's ideal budget is $54,000, said Daniel Keeley, the director of Fayetteville Downtown Partners. So far, the group has attracted about $14,000 in in-kind donations and another $10,000 in private contributions. Another $15,000 puts the festival at $39,000.
Is there enough community support for the Festival? Ideally the Festival should be able to fund itself without asking the city for money. If the Festival Board of Directors are having trouble getting enough money, there may not be enough people interested in supporting an Arts Festival. Money is tight for everyone and I don't want to see the City of Fayetteville toss more money down another hole.
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