Buda council approves new arts commission

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By CJ Vetter

BUDA – Buda City Council recently approved the creation of a new arts commission to help develop the local arts community.

The new commission will allow the city to access state grants designed to enhance the unique cultural character of Texas communities, as well as other benefits, such as organizing and directing local arts projects.

Art has always been an essential part of Buda’s history, and its programming has been worked on since 2017. The subject of an art commission for the city had already been circulated by other councils, such as the Mainstreet Advisory Council. The desire to include art was also included in the overall plans and master plans.

“It’s something that all of our tourism initiatives have been working on, but the departments that have been working on it started in 2017,” said Lysa Gonzales, director of destination services. “So we slowly put all of this together, with partners like Inspired Minds Art Center, it really helped us get the extra push we needed to be able to create an art commission.”

The art commission will cover dance, music and other art forms in response to the growing rise of talented groups and individuals around Buda. The Inspired Minds Art Center partnered with the City of Buda in 2019 to begin fostering the art community, which eventually evolved into the new creation of the Art Commission.

“We have a few dance studios here. We have theater companies. It really is a no-brainer that we would have an arts commission to help guide policy and find grants for funds,” said Sinead Whiteside, co-founder of the Inspired Minds Art Center.

The newly formed commission will begin accepting applications in the coming months. For more information, visit https://www.ci.buda.tx.us/414/Board-Commission-Application-Process.

Bonds allowed in Buda

The appraisal for further downtown expansion and authorization for the bond issue was also approved on May 3.

The presentation on the evaluation of Phase I of the city center construction was led by the President of the Buda Economic Development Corporation (BEDC), Jennifer Storm, and was adopted by the council. The purpose of the assessment is to carry out a survey to show the possibility of future development. If found feasible by the survey, more shops, offices and restaurants could be built on the east side of the main street.

“So basically our first step was here in phase one, which showed us where all the boundaries were in terms of the train tracks, the road and things like that. Kind of superficial boundaries,” Storm said. “So my first thought was, is it even worth it, isn’t it? Like the building could be big enough to be worth itt, and the short answer to that is yes.

Other items on the agenda included the bond issue worth $41 million in general bonds and $8 million in bond certificates. The $41 million was part of the 2021 election bond passed last year. In addition, they have issued a specific use permit to Longhorn Rentals.

For more information, you can visit www.ci.buda.tx.us/89/Agendas-Minutes-Archives.

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