As you can see from the screenshot above, the Burnsville Performing Arts Center Calendar is entirely empty for the month of July 2011 (please note the “event” showing up there takes place in the art gallery and thus is not an actual event). While there are a total of zero events currently scheduled for July, there is some hope for the rest of the year as there are a total of five events scheduled for the remainder of 2011 taking up a whopping seven calendar days over the next six months.
Now, while this looks an awful lot like it did back in 2010 when the calendar was similarly devoid of events scheduled, however that just can’t be true as Councilmember Dan Kealey noted last summer that the “rockstars” placed on the Burnsville Performing Arts Commission would turn it around in short order. However, those “rockstars”, known for not doing much except permitting the status quo to continue while the BPAC’s budget continues to take a serious nosedive following the loss of their safest money-maker, Envision Academy.
Now, with such dire circumstances upon them and the debt continuing to mount month after month one would hope that the BPAC Commissioners would be spending their time ensuring that their “rockstar” status was met by having a viable agenda which would alert the public to the problems seen in the $20+ million Burnsville Performing Arts Center. However, their most recent agenda provides no insight into the goings on behind the scenes and it’s very possible that, yet again, nothing is being done to quickly rectify the situation.
Much like 2010, both the Zoo and Mystic Lake have calendars full of recognizable names and, well, events and the BPAC just doesn’t have anything–except perhaps the unrelated free concerts available in Nicollet Commons Park throughout the summer.
Perhaps one of the BPAC Commissioners or even Mr. Elbaum himself would like to explain the serious lack of events in a facility which continues to spend taxpayer dollars like it was going out of style. If they aren’t willing to answer any questions maybe one of the councilmembers would like to explain to the taxpayers why VenuWorks had not been removed from the BPAC or at least received no wages for the months that they are not needed as there is nothing to manage. While it is unlikely we’ll receive anything different than the usual list of excuses which have been provided time and time again, it may be time for someone to start asking the Council and the Commissioners the hard questions no one else seems to be.
While this is just more of the same, what do you think could be done differently to turn the Burnsville PAC around? Is it definitely time to replace VenuWorks and possibly even the Commissioners for failure to perform? What about holding the Council’s feet to the fire and suggesting that they failed in their duties to select the right people for the job? Whatever you have to say let’s hear it because we’re not going to be hearing much of anything from the BPAC this summer.