NCAC, schools usage agreement misleading
To the Editor:
Your page two story in the June 28 Enterprise about a new use agreement between Northport Public School and the Northport Community Arts Center is misleading in several respects.
If I’m not mistaken, this is the third such story on this subject. Never has anyone consulted with NCAC personnel about any aspect of the NCAC/NPS negotiations. Especially troubling is the assertion that “When people make donations (to the NCAC) they may not have a clear idea of what they are donating to.”
While our percentage of revenue from ticket sales and other “earned income” is well above the norm for arts organizations, more than half our revenue is from contributions, grants and other gifts.
Because of the manner in which we solicit, every one of our donors knows exactly where their contribution goes. In fact, the management of the NCAC is leaner and more professionally effi- cient than any arts organization in my experience. The claim that people may not know “what they are donating to” is not only misleading, it is false, damaging and in need of correction.
Douglas Scripps, president
Northport Community Arts Center
Mill St., Northport
Editor’s note: The statement in quotes was part of a story that included Northport Public School’s efforts to separate its ownership of the district’s auditorium from the non-profit Northport Community Arts Center, a nonprofi t group with the same name.