Minnesota Mayor Wants More $$ For Arts

The mayor of St. Paul has responded to a study which showed the city’s arts groups stuck in a cycle of deficits by proposing a new annual infusion of cash into the arts scene. Mayor Randy Kelly’s proposal, which was crafted in consultation with several arts leaders, calls for a $25 million bump in annual support for St. Paul’s cultural sector, including $6.5 million in new public subsidies. St. Paul arts groups have been struggling in comparison wth those across the Mississippi River in larger, more cosmopolitan Minneapolis.