Thursday, May 19, 2011

WonderRoot's Chris Appleton on the city's proposed cuts to arts funding

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2011 at 11:33 AM

In this week's edition of Creative Loafing, WonderRoot Executive Director Chris Appleton contributes an editorial on the City of Atlanta's proposed budget cuts to the Office of Cultural Affairs. The article is a version of a speech he gave at a rally May 12 at City Hall:

Of the 100 largest cities in the U.S., Atlanta ranks fourth in the number of arts-related businesses per capita and second in arts-related jobs. By comparison, Nashville and Charlotte rank, respectively, eighth and 32nd in arts-related businesses and eighth and 41st in arts-related jobs. Last year, Nashville granted $1.8 million directly to arts and culture organizations and Charlotte granted more than $3 million. Yet Atlanta's proposed budget for 2012 would reduce the city's granting to $235,000 — half the amount given this year. This will not make Atlanta a competitive city for tourists, international corporations or new residents. Why is the grant funding so disproportionate?

Read the full editorial here.

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