Little To Cheer As Cuts Mount

“In this time of exploding budget deficits, economic paralysis, and persistent revenue contractions, 2003 to date has offered very little news on the subject of state and local arts funding to give cause for good cheer. Dozens of states and hundreds of localities have cut arts appropriations – by half, two-thirds, three-quarters, or more. And while it’s been a useful time for arts advocates and thousands of not-for-profits to join together in common spirit, the whole definition of victory at the moment is oddly perverse: If cuts are less draconian than first feared, if arts agencies are spared abolition, that’s considered a win. Missing in all this, meanwhile, are pro-arts words from elected figures.”