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Keep auditorium for the arts

May 10, 2012
The Journal

To the editor:

I noted in the recent RFP release by District 88 as reported in The Journal, April 27, 2012, that the district is looking for bids to sell the Middle School. Particularly, noted was the board's agreement '"that the auditorium would be the most difficult part of the building to replace." I do not know if the district was largely focusing on its current use of the space for its own benefit until something else comes along to replace the school district's need for administrative space and extra-curriculum activity usage, or the more public loss of the auditorium which could result from a sale, whatever the price brings.

As a committee member of NUACT's continued search for a home, the auditorium has always been the Eden for its mission statement. The Middle School Auditorium has been part of the school district, but its founders have always kept the space as a public central for the arts, entertainment and business forum for decades. New Ulm, as a community would lose a deep part of its history and a building of significant memory to most of its citizenry if the auditorium were not somehow preserved in the transition from the public school district's control to the private sector.

New Ulm Actor's Community Theater (NUACT) has a mission of bringing theater permanently to New Ulm. Renting or owning the auditorium by this organization would ensure that the auditorium remain a public forum for the arts and for the public at large. It is NUACT's wish that any new bidder on this property remember the roots that this building has brought to us all. It is NUACT's hope that the board, in accepting any future bid on this property, would keep an open mind and perhaps, a reservation in any sale.

T. Oliver Skillings

NUACT Venue Committee Member



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