Jenny Arndt of Creative Haverhill.
Supporters of Creative Haverhill this morning launched an email campaign urging Mayor James J. Fiorentini to add last week’s city council tourism proposal to his proposed budget.
Creative Haverhill, which is largely funded by a state Adams Grant, would receive five percent of meals tax and parking fine revenues through an “ACT! Haverhill” fund. The proposed city contribution, estimated at $45,000 per year, would be matched by corporate sponsors “to promote arts, culture and tourism, as a tool for Haverhill economic development,” according to a proposal by City Councilors Andy Vargas and Thomas J. Sullivan last Tuesday night.
“It is crucial that Mayor Fiorentini understands the value of investing in the arts, which is why I’m asking for your help today. Though we’ve received support from the city council, it is only the mayor who can make changes to the city’s budget. Will you consider emailing the mayor to express your support for the ACT Proposal?” Jenny Arndt of Creative Haverhill wrote in an email to supporters.
Fiorentini plans to address the city council tomorrow about his proposed budget.
“Arts culture and tourism is important to the mayor, but he wants to review what was presented at the city council meeting before making a decision,” David S. Van Dam, Fiorentini’s chief of staff, told WHAV. “The budget is done. We have to figure this out,” he added.
“The choice to provide funding to Creative Haverhill is smart, as it will solidify a strong partnership with the city and the arts community, and add much needed focus to the effort of making the Riverfront Cultural District a destination for arts and culture in Downtown Haverhill,” she said.