10 Arts Groups Receive Funds through the Atlanta Arts Recovery Initiative

(5-11-10) The Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund has announced ten gifts, ranging in size from $12,500 to $75,000, to Atlanta area arts troupes and organizations. The gifts are part of a three-year, $3 million initiative to help small and midsized nonprofits weather the recession. Howard Pousner, writing for The Atlanta Journal Constitution explains: "The Atlanta Arts Recovery initiative can also be seen as one response to the gap in relatively weak public arts funding in Georgia and Atlanta. The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies ranked Georgia 44th for legislative appropriations to arts in fiscal 2009. That was before the Georgia Council for the Arts, budgeted at $2.32 million this year, was cut to $790,735 for fiscal 2011 in the legislative session that ended last week."

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