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Surls museum best use of library building

I am writing in support of the James Surl’s Museum as the best use of the old Carbondale library building. While all of the proposals have merit, the museum would best serve all of the citizens of Carbondale.

The proposed Surls’ project is a once in a lifetime opportunity to enhance the art community, attract visitors as part of the Western State Consortium of Museums, and finally put the town on solid financial footing. Think of the benefit to the whole Roaring Fork Valley with the new Aspen Museum and the Surls’ Museum in close proximity. Think of the marketing opportunities for visitors to come to our area to not only ski, enjoy our beautiful surroundings, but also view remarkable works of art.

The structure of the Carbondale library building is uniquely suited to display Surls’ work and the work of other area artists with its soaring central ceiling. The planned renovation will not cost the taxpayers any money. Its location would help to unify the downtown core with the remarkable Third Street Center. The citizens of Carbondale identified the arts as a key driver for economic growth which resulted in the town’s new comprehensive plan. This proposal makes the most sense for the library building.

The Family Enrichment Center can find other locations in town much more easily than can the Surls’ Museum. I think their plans for infant and toddler care in addition to other activities for adults and children have much merit and I hope that the trustees can work together to make their vision a reality. That being said, I came across a flier from the Roaring Fork Chapter of Parents Across America recently that stated: “The Roaring Fork School District has committed to a 2013 visioning process in an effort to involve parents, community members, teachers and students in a conversation about our schools and what our community would like to see for the future of education in our district.” It made me wonder if many of the proposed programs that the FEC is putting forth might become a reality through working with the school district.

I hope the trustees think “outside of the box” on this issue, and help make both the Family Enrichment Center happen and put Carbondale on the map with the Surls’ museum.

Diane Darrough


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