The Newport Visual Arts Center is on a list of properties being considered for sale by the city of Newport. The revelation of this in mid-September promptly sparked a mobilization by artists and arts advocates. On Monday (October 7th), the issue is before the City Council once again.
Derrick Tokos is Community Development Director for the City of Newport. He says the city is experiencing a financial crunch, and there is currently little funding available to maintain its existing facilities or buy other property it needs. This leaves Newport officials asking themselves: