BREAKING: The Fulton County Board of Commissioners voted 6-0 at their August 21st meeting to reject the 33% cute to the latest, FY2013 grant cycle. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
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——-August 20, 2013, 6:00 a.m.——
Recently, there has been some confusion within the arts community about the status of funding for the Fulton County Department of Arts & Culture (FCAC). The Georgia Arts Network is sending this message as a clarification of the facts, and offering you an opportunity to voice your support for the arts in Fulton County.
It is important to keep in mind that the Fulton County Board of Commissioners has been a leader in public support of the arts in Georgia for over 30 years. We applaud their recognition of the importance of art and culture and appreciate their long-standing commitment to the people of Fulton County and the surrounding region.
The current state of affairs:
- The Atlanta Journal Constitution recently reported that Fulton County is facing a projected budget deficit of $113.6 million for fiscal year (FY) 2014, intimating that major cuts may be considered for non-mandated services (including arts, libraries, and senior services) for the coming year.
- The County Manager’s office has proposed a reduction of about 33% to the most recent round of FCAC grants (for FY2013), because funds are needed for the County to comply with a Federal Court order relating to the County’s jails. The proposed reduction totals $478,202 – about 10% of the overall FCAC budget.
- During the Fulton County Commissioners meeting scheduled for today (Wednesday, August 21) at 10am, the Commissioners will be voting on the current slate of proposed FY2013 grants to arts organizations, totaling $1 million (this figure takes into account the 33% cuts mentioned above).
- The FY2014 Fulton County budget is in the early stages of development and will not be considered at the Commissioner meetings for several months.
In light of these facts, you may be asking:
“What can/should I do to support the arts in Fulton County?”
The Georgia Arts Network has the answer!
- Make sure you and your friends, family, and colleagues are signed up for our email list! We will keep you informed via email and on our website about arts funding developments at the local, state, and federal level.
- Write to the Fulton County Commissioners! With just a few clicks, you can send an email showing your personal support for the Arts to all of the County Commissioners. In these early stages, it is important to show a unified, positive front of support. We know arts and culture are essential for Fulton County and for Georgia.
- Want to help support arts funding throughout the state? Mark your calendars for January 27, 2014 which will be Georgia Arts Advocacy Day!
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