Thursday, April 19, 2007

Save me from this state...

Where is this state going? The auto companies are teetering on the edge of closing up shop - this city needs to find new industry! Everyone you talk to is pretty down on the economy here and when it comes to the arts...it has really hit a low in terms of art buying and funding. Check out this sobering article in the Metro Times by Mazzei:

"...That’s why Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s freeze on $7.5 million in arts and cultural funding, promised to hundreds of agencies, seems so harsh. There’s little optomism the grants will be reinstated.

Naturally, you worry about the little grasroots guys first. “It’s bake sale time” — that’s what one staffer called it. But the big shops are in trouble too: The Detroit Institute of Arts isn’t getting its check for $1.5 million. A couple dozen cookies aren’t going to pay for that new Vermont marble.

Like the smaller groups, several institutions have received about a third, if any, of the money.

  • Detroit Institute of Arts received none of its $1,485,600 grant
  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra received $177,200 of $506,300
  • Michigan Opera Theatre received $131,100 of $374,500
  • Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History received $31,700 of $89,400
  • Detroit Science Center received $23,100 of $65,000
  • Detroit Historical Society received nothing of its $40,000 grant
  • Music Hall received $14,200 of $40,000
  • College for Creative Studies received nothing of its $39,800 grant
  • Mosaic Youth Theatre received $11,900 of $32,500
  • Sphinx Organization received $11,900 of $32,500
  • Detroit Repertory Theatre received $7,900 of $21,500
  • Arab American National Museum received $7,900 of its $21,500 grant..." Mazzei


5 Comments:

Anonymous m. said...

just out of curiosity, why is a private college receiving state funds?

12:10 PM  
Anonymous PoPo The AssClown said...

dont look at me....i voted for DeVos.


when will we ever learn that democracy doesnt work

1:49 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I suggest that everyone check out www.michiganartserve.org
they regularly report updates of funding through the state. On wednesday, a large group of us (about 100 or so) traveled to Lansing to hold a press conference and rally. Following the rally about 20 of us met with various legislators and senators to express our concerns and try to get answers. Please contact your local legislators (especially if in a republican district) to voice your concern on the issue and how you would like to see changes made. Smaller organizations are in more a more serious situation as there is generally little funding for them anyway and now there are even less. Since 2002, funding has continuously decreased by almost 13 million dollars. not only does this affect your museums, art centers, non-profit galleries but also institutions such as libraries as well as many arts education programs in our public school system. Detroit has seen a large hit. Please do what you can and contact your representatives.

3:03 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

sorry. wrong web address

www.artservemichigan.org

3:34 PM  
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