Dance Palace invites comment

01/30/2014

The Dance Palace Community Center is seeking input from locals as it embarks on a new three-year plan that will help guide the nonprofit, establish new goals and dictate which programs should be expanded, maintained, created or cut, said Executive Director Dan Mankin. An annual members meeting on Monday, Feb. 3 will offer a chance to give feedback and share ideas (as well as eat soup). “You can’t always do everything you want to do, so what are the most important things? What could be let go if we can’t get funding to a certain level? It’s mainly a listening process right now,” Mr. Mankin said. The plan could identify materials that could improve current programs, such as a high-definition projector, Mr. Mankin added. The center’s financial situation has improved, with revenue from events and donations higher than last year, but they currently have a $10,000 budget deficit. The previous three-year plan helped set targets, like a modest endowment that was recently established. It also included a capital campaign for structural improvements, though the languishing economy forced board directors to shelve the idea. The members meeting, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., includes soup and salad; potluck desserts are welcome.