Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Arts Funding Dominates Budget Hearing
The $1.5 million in funding for the Indianapolis Arts Council represents less than one-tenth of one percent of the City's proposed $1.1 billion budget, but a proposed reduction of $500,000 in arts funding dominated the City-County Council's public hearing on the budget. The proponents of reducing or eliminating the funding have the better argument in these tough fiscal times. This is non-essential funding. More importantly, the City's share of funding for the arts is such a small drop in the bucket for the local arts community that it's hard for its supporters to argue that the elimination or reduction in funding will have an appreciable impact on the arts community. It's unfortunate that the public debate last night focused on such a small area of the budget.