This morning, Chicken Corner received an email from Bert Green, director of Bert Green Fine Art, a downtown gallery on 5th St. at Main, concerning my report that a grievance has been filed against Russell Brown by Kim Cooper and Richard Schave.
Green, whom I have met in the past, says I had my facts wrong in yesterday's "Grievance" post. He says that Cooper and Schave were not the founders of the nonprofit Downtown Art Walk -- that they took over leadership from Green himself in 2009. Green also claims Cooper and Schave were not forced out "as a result of meddling by Brown" -- as I reported -- but as a result of differences with members of Downtown Art Walk's board of directors that "had NOTHING to do with Russell Brown."
According to Green:
The Downtown Neighborhood Council (DLANC) was an incubator and major sponsor of the Downtown Art Walk, a relationship that I had built over 5 years. The Historic Downtown BID [Business Improvement District] was also a sponsor, and each of these organizations contributed up to 10,000 in cash and in kind donations to the event, including paying for the shuttle that Kim and Richard operated. The BID also took care of the safety and trash for the event, which was in indirect cost of close to 25,000 additional dollars, which is the BID's responsibility to the neighborhood they serve. Richard and Kim effectively destroyed those relationships and then demonized Russ Brown, who personally held together the nuts and bolts of the event; the unglamorous side of safety, trash, and political support.