Cincinnati Boosts Arts Spending

While cities and states across America are cutting their arts budgets, Cincinnati is doubling its arts spending. “Even as budget cuts are forcing the elimination of entire city services, city leaders are doubling government support of the arts. City Council will vote today on a plan by Councilman Jim Tarbell to divvy up an unprecedented $2.2 million in grants to 17 organizations, including $350,000 to the opera to help fix up the north wing of Music Hall. “I will admit that I don’t know much about the opera, the symphony or the ballet – though I do enjoy going to them. It has just seemed to me that the city must recognize its growth potential, and the arts provides the biggest growth potential I can think of’.”