Sally Edwards: Marbles a partner

September 20, 2013 

Marbles a partner

The Sept. 17 news story “Charities like Moore Square” included a comment from Hugh Hollowell that not only misrepresented my views on Moore Square but also questioned the motive behind Marbles Kids Museum as the community meeting location.

I attended the meeting, yet neither the reporter nor Hollowell engaged me on either topic. Had they done so, they would have discovered that – as a private, nonprofit organization with city funding limited to a small arts grant – Marbles was not required to host the community meeting nor are we aware of any so-called “predetermined outcome.”

Marbles agreed to serve as the host site because we strive to be a positive partner in the dialogue to help make Moore Square an enjoyable place for all citizens – from homeless people to nearby students to downtown residents, workers and museum guests.

The current state of the park does not provide a welcoming environment for many of these groups, which was my position at the public hearing. While food distribution is the hot topic, the Moore Square conversation is much broader and requires strong leadership from the city and constructive input from concerned residents.

Sally Edwards

President, Marbles Kids Museum

Raleigh

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