Audit faults city oversight of arts spending
The City Council needs to improve its oversight of city funds spent on the arts, according to an audit released Tuesday morning.
The council will discuss the audit of the Regional Arts and Culture Council at a 9:30 a.m. work session.
"The City should ensure that the work of the Regional Arts and Culture Council is aligned with City priorities and improve oversight of its $8.3 million contract with the not-for-profit organization," the City Auditor's Office said when it released the audit before the work session.
"Auditors found that risks exist because the City does not have clear goals for arts and culture, the Arts Council needs to articulate its strategy and regional role, and the City's contract and oversight of it needs improvement," the office continued.
According to the office, "The City has contracted with the Arts Council for more than 20 years. The Arts Council is a regional organization, and its responsibilities include strategic planning and policy development for arts and culture. The Arts Council administers grants and arts education programs and is the steward of the City's public art collection. In 2017, the City provided the Arts Council with $8.3 million, more than 70 percent of the Arts Council's budget. The City's current contract with the Arts Council expires in July 2018, and City staff are considering changes to it."
Although the council receives and distributes the funds generated by the city's Arts Tax, the audit does not go into detail on it.
You can read the audit at www.portlandoregon.gov/auditservices/article/684866.
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