The Eau Claire Regional Arts Council, the organization that owns and operates the State Theatre in downtown Eau Claire, will merge with the Confluence Council, the entity that will operate the Confluence Arts Center. A letter of intent has been signed by both Boards of Directors, and the merger will take place before the opening of the Confluence Arts Center in fall of 2018.
“We have thirty years of experience and institutional knowledge to bring to the Confluence,” says Pam Rasmussen, President of the ECRAC Board of Directors. “Our relationships with donors and ticket buyers will go a long way to ensure that the Confluence Arts Center can be successful from day one.”
Vicki Hoehn, President of the Confluence Council Board of Directors echoes that sentiment. “ECRAC has been doing this work for a long time, and it only makes sense to bring both organizations together as we move forward and work to grow the arts community.”
The partnership is already coming together. Starting in January, ECRAC has passed ten percent of all membership dues directly to the Confluence Council’s operating fund. A portion of proceeds from this June’s annual “Jubilee” fundraiser will also go to the Confluence.
Formed in 1983, the Eau Claire Regional Arts Council has operated the State Theatre since its renovation into a performing arts center. ECRAC board and staff members have been actively involved in the promotion, planning and design of the Confluence Arts Center.
Formed in 2014, The Confluence Council has representation from all stakeholders in the Confluence Arts Center including UW-Eau Claire, the local arts community, The City of Eau Claire, and Visit Eau Claire. The Confluence Council will oversee the scheduling, programming, and overall operations of the Confluence Arts Center.