GCA logoBy Collin Kelley

The elimination of the Georgia Council for the Arts has prompted an “artist march on the capitol” for Monday (April 19) at 1 p.m. Hundreds are expected to march from The Rialto Theatre at 80 Forsyth St. in Downtown to the State Capitol steps. A Facebook page has been set up detailing the route.

On Wednesday, the Georgia House of Representatives passed an FY2011 budget, which eliminated the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA). In existence since 1965, the agency has served the entire state, providing direct grants, as well as funding for the Grassroots Arts Program that provides awards for arts programs in every county. The move by the House makes Georgia the only state in the nation without an arts council

In a statement released by GCA late Friday, rationale for the cut was that GCA was a “duplicative agency.” Two organizations were cited to replace GCA: the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and the Georgia Arts Alliance. However, the fate of more than $1 million in national and regional partners the National Endowment for the Arts and South Arts. GCA said neither the Department of Community Affairs or Georgia Arts Alliance met the requirements necessary to receive the funding from the other agencies.

There are three more actions that must occur before the budget recommendations become final: a vote by the Senate Appropriations Committee, a full Senate vote on the Committee recommendations, and the final approval by the Conference Committee that resolves differences between the House and Senate budget recommendations.

More details as we have them.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

4 replies on “Arts Council elimination prompts Monday march”

  1. Sad but true – in these terrible economic times, luxuries must be eliminated in favor of necessities. The state is in the process of cutting funds to fire departments, law enforcement, and public education – certainly more important nto the welfare of the community than the pleasure of enjoying the arts. Reset your priorities using the head, not the heart.

  2. The arts are NOT a luxury. It’s a vital part of education for the community. Your response is typical, Republican speak. If the state had rethought is priorities, stopped spending millions on per diem and pork barrel projects then we wouldn’t be in this mess. The Republican party has driven this state financially into the ground and there appears to be no bottom.

  3. STATE Govt Please DO NOT take the little money that the ARTS have away for education and stressless living. And everyone please donate to the charity organizations that you love, at least $1 every year; it goes a long way!

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