Arts Council Supporters
Stunned by 37.5% Funding
Last year's funding -
$120,000. This year - $75,000 !!!
A 37.5% cut was recommended
in a surprise move the DAY of last Wed.'s budget
hearing in Key West... giving the commissioners virtually
no time to reflect or respond.
The next budget
hearing is this Wed. Sept. 13 at the Key Largo Library
at 5:05 p.m. You're invited.
If you DO NOT AGREE
with this budget cut, and the message it sends to the
community, please e-mail your commissioners today.
BOCC Direct-funded non-profit had their budget cut below last
year's levels by even $1. Yet the Arts Council got blindsided
by a $45,000 cut.
We just thought you should know.
get an increase last year, thanks to the
leadership of late Commissioner Murray Nelson. Although
we didn't agree with him on everything, he had a plan
for increasing the Arts Council budget SIGNIFICANTLY
each year, until it reached a level commensurate with
other counties. Now the recommendation is to
go back to a funding level from 2005.
heard the argument that the county does a lot
for the arts already... for instance, providing our
office space and the ordinance creating 1% for public
We think the arts do a
lot for the
county! Do you
Who do we serve?
We've also hear the complaint that we serve the
wealthiest people in the county since they are the ones
who are patrons of the arts.
Apparently we need help
making the case that we serve many small individual
and performing artists, galleries and mom-and-pop
businesses, as well as school children, senior citizens
and members of the public who otherwise would not have
access to the arts.
this with rotating art exhibits in ten public buildings;
providing cultural information to 27 news media every
week; music in the airport; lunchtime concerts in the
senior citizen centers; grants like Artists in Schools,
ArtReach and Hurricane Emergency Grants....
let your commissioners know:
I am willing to pay a few extra
cents this year to keep the Arts Council funded at last
year's level of $120,000.
|September 11, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Florida Keys Council of the Arts