After House bill cuts funding, what's next for local arts programs?Two things:
By Mike Allen and Tad Dickens, Roanoke Times
Roanoke arts and cultural organizations are cringing at the potential effects of a House of Delegates budget-slashing proposal that would eliminate the Virginia Commission for the Arts within two years.
The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, the Taubman Museum of Art, Opera Roanoke and other regional nonprofits all say the loss of funds would be difficult to recoup and damaging, even devastating, to their operations. The Jefferson Center says there is "a possibility" it would be forced to close its doors if the cut is approved.
The proposal, scheduled to be voted on today, would cut the commission's $4.4 million budget in half in 2010-11, and then eliminate the agency entirely as of July 1, 2011. Virginia would become the only state without such a body. [link]
1) Virginia would be the only state with delegates with enough sense to know they can no longer involve themselves in rich people's dabblings. We're broke.
2) The effort will die in the Virginia Senate, where such sense is in short supply.