Town partnership to preserve the arts is a good one

Editorial

Responding to requests from residents and the director of the Greater Millsboro Art League, the Millsboro Town Council agreed this week to pay utility costs for the Art League’s building, so staff can afford monthly rent and make repairs to the aging building.

The Town will now pay the Art League’s monthly electric bill, which reportedly averages $150, and propane, which they say costs $5,000 a year. The Art League had asked the Town, who owns the building, to waive the $550 monthly rent paid in exchange for upkeep on the building.

Town Manager Sheldon Hudson said that the Town picking up the tab for electric and propane would roughly equal the rent paid by the Art League. He said he had not had the chance to talk with property owners who might object, but he heard from plenty of people at the regular town council meeting who were in favor of helping out the Art League.

One woman in attendance, who is the mother of two children who attend monthly Family Fun Nights at the Art League, explained that since her children play clarinet in the school band, they can’t register for art classes there.

“This is the only place they can learn new techniques,” she explained. “In the summer, they have gone to camp there. It is very affordable, very convenient. ... You really can’t go anywhere for $15 and spend time with the family,” referring to the cost per family for Family Fun Night.

It is good to see the Town working with the Art League to preserve the future of art in Millsboro. Well done.