"Until I see their financial report I can't answer those questions," Estes said. "In terms of any kind of partnership, I think it's a great idea simply to enhance their viability, if nothing else."
Cherry Festival officials have had on-and-off talks the last six years about leasing office space in the Carnegie building, said Trevor Tkach, the festival's executive director.
"If we would move the offices there, it would be a good home for us," Tkach said.
Cherry Festival staff also could offer marketing and management expertise and help with special events, Tkach said. The organization already has an investment in the History Center because it houses the festival's historic archives along with the city's archives.
"The resounding concern in the community right now is the history," Tkach said. "We are dedicated to preserving it."
The Artcenter’s board has been in talks with the History Center since the fall, said Bob Streit, a member of the Artcenter board.
“We’ve found that when people say they’re an art center, people expect you to be somewhere. We didn’t have a place,” Streit said.
The Artcenter has office space, but is interested in space for performance arts, galleries, and classrooms.
“We began discussing with them the possibility of using a portion of that building as an art center and to change the nature of the building into a cultural center instead of just a history center,” Streit said.
Harold said he hopes to have some sort of agreement in place before year's end.