Da Vinci Days Update

By Denise Ruttan

DaVinciCopterCASo what’s the latest with Da Vinci Days, Corvallis’ eminent festival of arts and science?

Essentially, uncertainty still hangs in the air.

The festival suspended operations in 2014 to regroup and form a 19-member steering committee to re-imagine the event, which had suffered from declining ticket sales and sponsorships. Community leaders from places like The Arts Center, Boys and Girls Club, 2 Towns Ciderhouse and Visit Corvallis joined forces on this committee. Corvallis City Council got a brief update on their progress Dec. 1 from council member Hal Brauner.

“The committee hopes to have some functions going this summer but they’re working on the best means to keep those functions going,” Brauner said.

The festival’s board of directors paid the $10,000 balance on its annual bridge loan from the city of Corvallis on Oct. 15, according to a report to the city’s administrative services committee.

Festival board chairman and acting executive director Michael Dalton did not immediately respond to requests for comment despite repeated attempts by The Corvallis Advocate to reach him.

To learn more about Da Vinci Days, go to its website at http://www.davincidays.org or contact the festival at 541-757-6363 or davinci@davinci-days.org.

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