St. Lawrence County Arts Council calls on state officials to restore $2.8 million cut from budget
Monday, February 7, 2011 - 2:31 pm

The St. Lawrence Arts Council says that the Arts NYS Coalition of regional arts and cultural organizations, has called on Governor Cuomo and the Legislature to restore $2.8 million to the New York State Council on the Arts’ local assistance budget, which has reportedly been cut by 10 percent in budget proposals.

One regional arts agency spokesperson said the NYSCA local arts allotment is pegged at 36 percent less than in 2008, and that statewide, 53,085 arts-related businesses generate 335,683 jobs, which pay close to $9.8 billion in wages, which then generates $1.2 billion in taxes, and $25.7 billion in economic impact statewide.

Arts leaders from around the state were to meet with their legislators in Albany on Arts Day, Tuesday, Feb. 8. Local meetings with legislators are being scheduled for Arts Week, Feb. 7 to 12, and throughout February.

To learn more about this initiative, contact the St. Lawrence County Arts Council 265-6860, or visit the Arts NYS Coalition website www.artsnys.org.