Chapel Hill residents have a lot to look forward to with festivals and events this year.
At the Chapel Hill Town Council meeting on Feb. 12, Chapel Hill Community Arts and Culture, the Town's community arts and culture division, discussed the division’s plans for the upcoming year, including what kind of events they want the Town to sponsor and what events the Town just wants to provide resources for.
“We were talking about our Near & Far festival and the rescue of Santa from the top of 140 West Plaza, just a handful of other events that the Town is the driving force behind: the one that’s doing the organization, the planning, the paying for it, the work, all that stuff,” former Town Council member Rachel Schaevitz said.
The arts and culture division is also looking to find new partners and new spaces for events. To improve upon the partnership process, Community Arts and Culture has put together a marketing partnership policy.
“This policy draft is in response to a lot of concerns that were raised by the community, especially by folks on the Parks and Rec commission in terms of bringing some clarity as to who can engage in a marketing relationship with the Town,” council member Allen Buansi said.
The objectives of this policy are to encourage the Town to partner with groups and organizations that share the Town’s values and provide benefits to the Town, and to make it mandatory to have written agreements govern every marketing partnership.
While it will be some time before the policy is officially addressed, council member Michael Parker said he is in favor.
“I think it makes perfect sense," he said. "I think we’re trying to make sure that on the one hand, we find ways of working with partners who share our goals, who align with what we’re trying to do and quite candidly can make a contribution to what we’re trying to do, either in-kind or with cash."
At the meeting, a presentation from Community Arts and Culture said they aim to become more sustainable. For example, the division has made the change to no longer buy single-use plastic.