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Neill Soohoo

Oct 31, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

As Chairman of the Folsom Arts and Cultural Commission for the last three years, Neill Soohoo has been working hard to keep the arts alive in Folsom. Together with the non-profit organization Folsom Patrons of the Arts, the commission raises grant money each year to support arts and cultural programs all over Folsom. “My son grew up in the city of Folsom,” Soohoo says, “[so] having an environment where arts are important creates a place where kids who are into art can thrive.”

The grants work to support school arts programs, as well as popular events such as the Summer Concert in the Park series. The commission also works on projects aimed at the overall beautification of the city, such as the new sculpture decorating the Jill Solberg Theater at Folsom High School, and the soon-to-be-complete sculpture garden  at The Gallery at 48 Natoma.

“We do fundraising in order to stabilize the arts in a long term manner,” Soohoo explains, and he encourages residents to contribute in any way they can. The new “Take Part in the Arts” Utility Bill Donation Gift Fund asks residents to make a $1 donation with each of their monthly utility bill payments, and the money goes to support arts and cultural programs in Folsom. In the future, Soohoo also hopes to mandate that two percent of all building fees for public buildings go to the arts programs in Folsom. “Arts enliven your community,” Soohoo says, and as chairman of the commission he is working to see Folsom fulfill its potential as a vibrant center for artistic expression. 

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