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Creative Wilmington, a non-profit group dedicated to showcasing and promoting the arts in the Port City, will dissolve by the end of this year. Board members say they were reluctant to make the call, but due to economic conditions, they can't pay a new full-time director.

Creative Wilmington allows local artists to post their work and upcoming events. It's also the force behind those sculptures you see around Mayfaire and Downtown Wilmington.

Dan Brawley, who heads the Cucalorus Film Festival, says art should receive more funding from the city.

"No one said, 'Hey, I moved to Wilmington because I heard they have a really great sewer system,'' Brawley said. "People move here because of the natural beauty and the cultural assets that we have here, and so I'm hopeful that some of the programs that Creative Wilmington initiated will be continued in the future."

Creative Wilmington says there will be one more round of pedestrian art sculptures on display. Its website will not take new subscribers, but current members can continue to post for another year.

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Funding from the city?

Would that be funding from the city that is facing a $7 million budget shortfall and leaning toward raising taxes?

That city?

The city that is not filling vacancies in the Police and Fire Departments?

That city?

You actually think that productive, working people should pay higher taxes to fund a bunch of untalented bums who refuse to hold down real jobs?

Understand this: If an artist is a TRUE artist, with incredible God-given talent, he or she will succeed without being a leech that relies upon public funding.

BTW, no one moved here because we have undermanned emergency services and collpasing road infrastructure either. Let's get government back to the business of undertaking projects that benefit **ALL** the people, and not just selected niche groups.