Florida Arts Facing State Budget Axe

No matter whether the Florida senate, house or governor wins out, Florida’s arts groups will see drastic reductions in the state’s arts budget. Proposals range from a 50 percent cut to cancelling out funding altogether. Arts officials are outraged: “People use the state money to leverage for other grants and local contributions. I see this as a panic reaction to Florida’s economy at the moment.
Obviously, we find this hurtful. It doesn’t pay attention to how many dollars arts groups circulate in the community. This just makes a tough job harder.”