NJ Arts Supporters Fight Funding Cuts

New Jersey arts supporters flood the state capital as debate begins on cutting or eliminating arts funding. “Altogether, funding for art groups and historical programs accounts for about $40 million each year. With the money, the groups maintain they are able to provide education programs and support to local historical groups. The cultural and arts money also is used to fund groups such as theater troupes and even print books. Proponents maintain the money is repaid to the tune of $1 billion each year. At issue is the economic effectiveness of the programs.”