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Rapid City Performing Arts Center receives funding from city

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The Rapid City Performing Arts Center received thousands of dollars from the city to help with operation costs, but they are not guaranteed any further funding from the city.    

They needed more funding and city council members approved $53,000. Those involved with the center say they realize further subsidies are not guaranteed and they will do various fundraising efforts.    

"What that means is it gives us a leg up with regard to funding for our first year. It means we will definitely meet our budget. It allows us to continue with the business of the Performing Arts Center," said Kristol McKie, President of the Rapid City Performing Arts Center Operating Board.

The Rapid City Performing Arts Center opened with the help of the $3.25 million dollars from the city. Council members and Mayor Sam Kooiker hope further funds from the city will not be needed. 

"This money was to help them get on their feet in terms of their long going fundraiser efforts. Their goal is to be self sufficient," said Mayor Kooiker.

"So hopefully we will get them to a good start and private funding will kick in," said Bonny Petersen, council member of Ward 5.

The center agreed to raise $1.8 million from private sources and is $35,000 away from meeting that goal.

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