- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan says the money-losing Artisphere arts center should close next June because it has failed to break even after years of subsidies.

Members of the County Board tell The Washington Post (https://wapo.st/1AKftod ) they will likely support the recommendation. Donnellan says Artisphere hasn’t drawn enough visitors or supporters to sustain itself.

The move would save about $2.5 million per year. The jobs of 12 full-time staff members and 20 part-time employees would be eliminated.

Donnellan says to continue operating, Artisphere would require substantial ongoing taxpayer support.

Artisphere has exhibited works by Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol and other lesser-known artists. Founding Director Jose Ortiz says attendance has grown 11 percent this year to 71,000 visitors. He says the center’s financial stability was based on receiving ongoing county support.

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