WRFA public affairs director Jason Sample talks with a three local residents – Bill Locke, Robert Plyler, and Nancy Bargar – who are part of a larger group that supports keeping a $1.17 million art collection at the James Prendergast Library in tact and remaining in the Jamestown area.
Since September 2015 the library has been working to sell the collection to help address ongoing financial challenges it has faced in recent years. In May 2017, the library board announced that it had reached an agreement with the New York State Attorney General’s office, allowing it to move forward and auction the collection.
Our guests explain why they feel it is important the library board works to keep the art in the Jamestown community, as well as offer some clarifications to recent comments in the press made by board president Tom Rankin in regards to overwhelming support by the community to sell the collection, as well as a lack of an effort by their group to help address the financial challenges facing the library or offer to purchase the collection to keep it local.
The board could act as soon as its June 15 meeting to hire an auction house to begin the process of selling the collection. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:15 p.m. in the Library Fireplace room and is open to the public.