Originally created 11/17/06

Arts in trouble, alliance claims



WHAT WAS DISCUSSED: During a public comment session for the 2007 city budget Thursday, Augusta commissioners heard from two leaders of the arts community who urged them to fund arts at an adequate level or risk losing some of the events and groups that make a significant economic impact on the community.

Lara Plocha, who spoke on behalf of the Augusta Arts Alliance, and Brenda Durant, the executive director of the Greater Augusta Arts Council, said that arts groups in Augusta are having to compete for an increasingly smaller amount of money.

The 2007 budget proposal includes $100,000 for the arts council. It is expected to keep half and re-grant the remaining funds to other arts groups in the community.

ACTION TAKEN: None

OTHER BUSINESS: The commissioners received information about contamination in the Hyde Park neighborhood and promised to take up the issue Tuesday at its next meeting. Also, Commissioner Bernard Harper, who narrowly defeated Alvin Mason for the District 4 seat Nov. 7, was sworn into office and sat through his first meeting.

- Compiled by Justin Boron