July 8, 2008

Arts funding gets short shrift in Wisconsin

How much should the state of Wisconsin spend on the Arts?

The New Economy Funding Initiative calls for an investment of $1 per capita for the Arts Board, the state agency dedicated to culture.

We fall far short. In 1992, the state invested 59 cents per person. And those were the good ol' days. In 2008, the state ranks 43rd, allocating only 44 cents per person. Meanwhile, Minnesota provides $1.97 per person in arts support; Illinois provides 83 cents per person.

We found all this information on ExposeKenosha.com, which has more in an article announcing a free community meeting and luncheon to discuss funding for the arts and arts education in the Kenosha/Racine area. Co-hosted by AHA! (Arts and Humanities Alliance!) Kenosha, the meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 23, from 12–1:30 p.m., at the Kenosha Public Museum.

To register, contact Tamara Merfeld by Wednesday, July 16.

More information is HERE.

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