Press-Gazette column: Weidner plan provides clarity, but also raises questions
A plan to reinvigorate the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts has continued to draw media attention, this time by way of a column from Tony Walter of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Walter’s piece says Northeastern Wisconsin’s entertainment scene is at a crossroads, and that plans for the Weidner provide both clarity as well as questions about the future.
The column ran Friday (Dec. 9), a week after Chancellor Thomas K. Harden wrapped up a series of meetings that presented elements of a draft proposal to key Weidner stakeholders. That plan includes a 14-to 18-performance 2012-13 lineup, including two Broadway shows, as well as facilitating increased access to the venue for UW-Green Bay and community audiences. It also outlines a five-year budget plan that draws on ticket sales, philanthropy and University support to keep the Weidner profitable, as well as a tentative staffing plan that would add an executive director, among other key individuals — eight full-time positions by 2015 — beginning this spring.