Colorado Arts Commission Fires Director

Completing its gutting of the Colorado Coucil on the Arts, the CCA’s director was fired Friday. “The action effectively completes the elimination of the current CCA staff, a move that could also cost the state an additional $614,000 in federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts because it only distributes its grants through viably functioning state arts councils. On Wednesday, Owens ordered that no more than $40,000 of the council’s 2003-04 budget of $814,000 could be spent on payroll, utilities and all other operational costs. A year ago, the office had seven staff members, each making more than $40,000, Holden said. Since then, the CCA’s state funding has been cut from $1.9 million to $200,000, and the staff had been cut to three even before Friday.”