The Art Gardner

The Latest Setback – Georgia Council for the Arts
April 15, 2010, 7:51 am
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From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

The $17.8 billion budget passed by the House on Wednesday calls for the elimination of the Georgia Council for the Arts. Georgia would become the only state in the U.S. without an arts agency if that plan holds as the budget works its way through the Senate before going to Gov. Sonny Perdue.

The GCA, which awards competitive programming grants that touch cities, towns and communities across the state, was slated for $890,735 in the governor’s proposed fiscal 2011 budget, down from $2.32 million this year and $4.18 million as recently as fiscal 2008. Even before the latest cut, Georgia ranked 44th among states in per capita arts appropriations in fiscal 2009, according to the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. Read more.


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