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Arts Supporters Say Funding Cuts Hurt Hometown Investments

Supporters of the arts in Kentucky say proposed budget cuts will energize their advocacy for the importance the arts play in the future of their hometowns. (Greg Stotelmyer)
Supporters of the arts in Kentucky say proposed budget cuts will energize their advocacy for the importance the arts play in the future of their hometowns. (Greg Stotelmyer)
January 28, 2016

FRANKFORT, Ky. - New Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin proposes deep spending cuts for many state agencies, including those in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet.

In the days leading up to the governor's State of the Commonwealth Address, rumors circulated that Bevin would eliminate funding to the Kentucky Arts Council, the agency which develops and promotes the arts. Bevin did not do that, instead reducing the agency's budget.

Tammy Duff, vice president and chair of the Appalachian Arts Alliance, says the arts are crucial to diversifying the economy in her region of the state, something she fears budget cuts will hamper.

"We've worked so hard for people to understand the value of the arts, not only as an economic driver, not only in education, but just the overall quality of life for a community."

As part of his overall plan to reduce state spending by $650 million, Bevin proposes cutting Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet funding 4.5 percent in the current fiscal year and 9 percent in the 2-year biennium that begins July 1. The Kentucky Arts Council is one of 15 agencies in that Cabinet.

Duff says for supporters of the arts...

"I think it's a wake up call for us," says Duff.

She believes it will bring new energy to advocacy efforts by the arts community. According to an analysis by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, with Bevin's budget cuts included, funding for the Kentucky Arts Council would be 37 percent less than what it was in 2008; 47 percent less when inflation is factored in.

Jenny Williams, who teaches English at the community college in Hazard and is chair of Pathfinders of Perry County, says the arts need to be at the base of the transition into a post-coal economy. She says it's not about just spending, it's about making an investment in a community's future.

"Those are communities where people want to come and work," says Williams. "Where industries want to locate or people want to live. It creates communities that are strong and healthy in every way; healthy physically, healthy financially, healthy emotionally."

The governor's proposed budget now goes to the legislature, where the Kentucky House will be the first to make changes.

Greg Stotelmyer , Public News Service - KY