The Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) Foundation is preparing to negotiate with Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to continue its management control of the centre, but will still require funding support from city hall, the foundation committee said on Wednesday.
Under a proposal by Bangkok Governor Aswin Khwanmuang, the BMA would take over management of the cultural centre. Last month Bangkok Metropolitan Council set up a special committee to study management of the BACC. The committee will make its first official visit to the art centre on July 10.
“We’re preparing the report on our management, including the art centre’s activities during the past decade and our new programmes for next year, aiming to show that we are turning it into a cultural centre for all,” Panya Vijinthanasarn, BACC Foundation vice-chairperson, told The Nation.
BMA cut the centre’s financial funding this year.
“Although the foundation this year has been raising funding to run the centre, it’s not enough. We still need funding support from city hall, as it’s the role of BMA to maintain this city-based centre. We hope to discuss funding support with the committee on July 10,” said Sansern Milindasuta, who chairs the BACC executive committee.
Meanwhile, the cultural centre will cooperate with other educational institutions to host a wide rage of activities, said director Pawit Mahasarinand.
“Next year’s programmes will be varied and look at a broad range of issues. They will not only serve art lovers but also include activities for the disabled, LGBT, school children and the elderly,” said Pawit.