There's an article in PC today about how some of the Board of the Englert (but not all) sent a letter to the Johnson County Board of Supervisors raising concerns that the new theatre in Coralville will hurt the Englert. Sidenotes has a wonderful blog post about this. I'll just explain why I'm so annoyed with (some) of the Englert board that I can't see straight.
When the Save the Englert project first started, and I was there at that meeting at the library when they picked the first board members, the idea was to create an affordable community performance space. That didn't happen for a whole host of reasons that I've come to accept. And I do see the positive contribution that the Englert has made to the community. I applaud that work.
However, the fact remains that the Englert is not affordable for small local non-profit groups. As the founder of one such group, I know this all too well. So fine, we can't afford the Englert. I can accept that.
What I cannot and will not accept is the Englert's efforts to stop the creation of a space my group and others might actually be able to afford. Rethink this one, (some of the) Englert board. You are way, way out of line.