California – Art On 3 Cents A Year

State support for the arts in California is low, after recent budget cuts. How low? “To better understand how low public support has sunk, consider that Canadians spend an annual $145 per capita to fund the arts; Germans, $85; New Yorkers, $2.75; Mississippians, $1.31; Californians, 3 cents. ‘That’s gum balls,’ says Barry Hessenius, director of the council. Three gum balls a year.”