2003 – The Year States Bailed On The Arts

Across America, states cut arts funding in 2003. “By July, virtually every state arts council had received an appropriations decrease. Some cuts were draconian: 30% in Minnesota, 62% in Massachusetts, almost 80% in Florida, and a near defunding in Colorado. Compared to this, the cut sustained by the New York State Council on the Arts — 15% — seemed almost benign.”