The 36-year-old Colorado Council of the Arts faces elimination this week by the state legislature. “During the past few years, there have been attempts to get rid of the council, most notably a proposal to shift its funding to the creation of a state boxing commission. That crisis was resolved when the agency agreed to split its grants equally between metro area arts groups and the 57 counties in the rest of Colorado. Now the planets have aligned to make the council just one of dozens of programs facing gutting or elimination in the scramble to balance the budget.” Oh yes, and if it goes away, the Arts Council won’t be coming back anytime soon. Count on it.