Funding Cuts Threaten Florida Culture

The chair of the Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council writes to protest proposed cuts in Florida’s state arts budget. “The Senate is proposing zero dollars for the state’s Division of Cultural Affairs’ grants programs and the elimination of the Cultural Institutions Trust Fund, one of three so targeted out of the state’s 450. For years, the Trust Fund has provided a stable, dedicated source of funds for the state’s arts grants programs. The House’s position is $6.1 million in cultural support, a 78 percent reduction from the current year. Gov. Bush’s fiscal-year 2004 budget of $12 million for culture is a 57 percent reduction from the FY 2003 state budget. These cuts are disproportionate to other reductions proposed to address the state’s budget crisis.”