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Arts Commission responds to national budget

Teacher Meighan Richardson showing off the student portrait incorporated artwork(courtesy:upnorthlive.com).

Toledo, Ohio (WNWO)-- President Trump recently unveiled plans for a 2017 blueprint budget; in them including increased funding for security and decreased funding for arts and humanities.

The proposed budget cuts eliminate four independent cultural agencies — the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

"Looking at HUD (Department of Housing and Urban Development), the cuts there along with the proposal to eliminate the national endowment in our budget alone could look like a $150,000 reduction over the course of one year," said Marc Folk, The Arts Commission Executive Director.

The Arts Commision funds programs, like their creative place-making project, under grants from the NEA.

Through their programs, students various ranging backgrounds are able to work with local artists and have discussions about ways they can come together to better the community using art.

Students in Meighan Richardson class at Jones Leadership Academy have been working with the YMCA, The Arts Commission led by artist Mercé Culp , and many other organizations across Toledo painting boards to go on some of the blighted houses of Toledo.

Richardson is concerned , because if the NEA is eliminated, programs such as the place making class, might not exist.

"This is a very good way to express themselves," she said. " If we didn't have programs like that, I worry about what they would be doing after school instead."

The art cuts would also effect businesses across Toledo, as there are 426 arts related businesses in the city, employing more than 2700 people.


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