DPAC Dissolves Non-Profit; Creates Closer Tie With City Council

By KBJR News 1

March 25, 2013 Updated Mar 25, 2013 at 11:15 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The non–profit Duluth Public Arts Fund, once affiliated with The Duluth Public Arts Commission, has been dissolved.

Primarily due to a lack of volunteers and the time needed to dedicate to the non–profit, commission members along with Mayor Don Ness decided D–PAC and its efforts to preserve and promote art in public places is sufficient.

Both organizations were comprised of the same board members.

There are more than $50K in the DPAC fund and how those funds will be spent will now be decided upon by the Duluth City Council members.

The president of the commission says the dissolution is a good thing for the arts community because now there will be enough attention given to the funds and ideas the support beauty in the community.

"It is sad. You know, anything you've worked hard on for a long time and then the relationship ends but its for the better I believe. We'll have more people willing to volunteer hopefully," Katie Krikorian, the DPAC President, said.

Krikorian says the money in the account will continue to help maintain the local sculptures in the area as well as pay artists for their work in the future.

Justin Reis, NNC.