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Arts Foundation: Let the Audit Begin

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In the spirit of transparency, we decided to get a head start. Last week, Style waded through a large stack of the foundation's reimbursement requests that may or may not be related to pre-construction costs, such as a bill for $800 to rent space at C3, the Creative Change Center in Shockoe Bottom, for a "Partnering Workshop."

The workshop included breakfast and lunch by Concepts in Catering, travel expenses from Organizational Excellence International of $4,918, and cocktails and dinner at the Hard Shell restaurant. The event also included James Coles, who facilitated an "Afro-Brazilian-Caribbean Percussion Demonstration/Jam" described as such:

"This interactive drumming session is designed to encourage collective improvisation. The session introduces Samba rhythms & dance from Brazil. An introduction & demonstration of Afro-Brazilian-Caribbean percussion instruments will be provided. Participants will be assigned percussion instruments and asked to create an instant ensemble while working a Samba Rhythmic groove. Each participant will have an opportunity to solo while the remaining ensemble supports the foundation of the music provided. This activity is sure to spark creativity, encourage teamwork, and explain the fundamentals of building a highly complex composition using very basic elements of music."

Here's a very brief sampling of some of the other requests. (Michele Walter is the foundation's chief operating officer):— Jason Roop



Date Expense Explanation Vendor Amount

1/22/04 2 Cookie Trays, Assorted Beverages Vie de France $115.28

2/11/04 Michele Walter's Credit Card Europa Café $2,009.83

2/23/04 Michele Walter's Credit Card CDW Direct $39.83

2/23/04 Michele Walter's Credit Card CDW Direct $345.45

4/15/04 Foreign Currency Exchange, Michele Walters Etnow.com $57.61

4/20/04 Meal for A. Reeves of The Projects Group Popeye's Chicken $3.53

4/22/04 Meal for A. Reeves of The Projects Group Popeye's Chicken $3.53

5/3/04 Michele Walter's Credit Card Bubba's Barbecue, Charlotte $40.14

5/10/04 Michele Walter's Credit Card ABC Store, Bon Air $24.45

5/10/04 Michele Walter's Credit Card 2co.com, NextAmercity $29.00

6/1/04 Michele Walter's Credit Card Morton's Steakhouse $85.80

6/8/04 Michele Walter's Credit Card Total Wine & More $87.85

6/23/04 Michele Walter's Credit Card Binkie Trinite Trophie $12.54

8/19/04 Michele Walter's Credit Card Famous Atlantic Fish Co., Boston $342.65

8/31/04 Michele Walter's Credit Card Bearegard's Thai Room $166.22

8/31/04 Michele Walter's Credit Card VZW*WA $208.99

9/22/04 Business cards, 500 each for three people Richmond Printing $242.55

9/29/04 Michele Walter's Credit Card Crate & Barrel $188.69

10/18/04 Michele Walter's Credit Card American Indian Museum $8.50

10/19/04 Michele Walters' Credit Card American Indian Museum $29.90

10/28/04 Cash Advance for Michele Walter Travelex $197.51

10/28/04 Advance Fee for Cash Advance Travelex $5.00

12/18/04 Michele Walter's Credit Card Brookstone $31.35

4/30/05 Honorariums for four consultants AMS Planning & Research $4,000.00

2/15/05 "Partnering Workshop" * Various $5,718.00

2/29/05 Travel, Feb. 3-4, 2004, Consultant Steven Wolff AMS Planning & Research $1,025.02

2/29/05 Teddy's Transportation (Limo Service) AMS Planning & Research $145.03



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