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Arts Council of Northwest Florida charged

State Attorney Bill Eddins has announced that his office has determined that criminal charges are appropriate regarding the Arts Council of Northwest Florida. The non-profit is being charged with two counts of making false official statements. The State Attorney's investigation found that for at [...]

SAO reports to be issued soon

Spoke with assistant State Attorney Greg Marcille yesterday on his investigations into the Arts Council of Northwest Florida and Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino. Marcille said the Arts Council investigation should be finished in the next week or so and that Valentino's will done soon [...]

Roll Tide, roll BOCC

Roll Tide, roll BOCC

While most of us were watching the BCS National Championship or, at least, getting ready to watch the game, the Escambia Board of County Commissioners made three big decisions: 1. As predicted in the IN's Winners & Losers, the BOCC named Larry Newsom as the interim county administrator. 2. [...]

Arts Council of Northwest Florida Official Statement

Arts Council of Northwest Florida Official Statement

Received this evening: January 2, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Arts Council of Northwest Florida Mission Our mission is to create a premiere arts and culture community in Escambia County to enrich the quality of life, to support cultural diversity and to enhance the economic prosperity by [...]

Arts Council ran on artists’ credit cards

Arts Council ran on artists’ credit cards

The IN has obtained more financial reports of the Arts Council of Northwest Florida. The October 2009 Profit & Loss report that was given to the Board of Directors showed that the Arts Council ran that month primarily on "Credit Card Pass Through" ($8,710.63) and funds taken from the Kobacker [...]

Valentino to back new arts group

Valentino to back new arts group

According to today's PNJ, Commissioner Gene Valentino will introduce a resolution at the BOCC's Jan. 7 meeting to cease funding the Arts Council of Northwest Florida and will instead support giving the allocation to a new all-volunteer group, Arts, Culture and Entertainment (ACE), which will be [...]

Buzz: Nothing on credit cards

Buzz: Nothing on credit cards

The county audit of the Arts Council of Northwest Florida didn't cover the credit cards the group processed for local artists. We are still get emails and calls on people owed as much as $1,000 by the Arts Council. Some have been told that the records are locked in the old courthouse and no [...]

Arts Council audit recommends no more funds

Arts Council audit recommends no more funds

We've obtained a draft copy of the audit of the Arts Council of Northwest Florida that was conducted by the Escambia County Clerk/Comptroller. The audit was sent to County Administrator Bob McLaughlin on Dec. 21 and will be presented to the BOCC at its Jan. 7, 2010 meeting. The Clerk's office not [...]

Buzz: missing credit card payments

Buzz: missing credit card payments

We are hearing that artists and some of the smaller arts groups were using the Arts Council to process credit card payments and those payments had not been passed on to the artists and groups either.

Arts Council finances are a mess

The problem with the Arts Council of Northwest Florida is not that it "over-allocated" funds. In documents received by the IN, it appears the arts organization was not giving its member organizations, which includes the Pensacola Symphony, Pensacola Little Theater, Pensacola Children's Chorus and [...]

Valentino called for Arts Council audit

Spoke with another source close to the arts community who has given me a fuller picture of the financial issues surrounding the Arts Council of Northwest Florida. Commissioner Valentino had approached several business leaders to help develop a group to create a system to measure outside agencies [...]

Arts Council busted

For the past few weeks, there have been rumblings about the Arts Council of Northwest Florida. Member organizations were complaining about the lack of grants being distributed. Others wanted to know where all the money was going. Gallery Nights were successful. The Arts Council had been given the [...]

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