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Tucson-Pima Arts Council faces major changes

January 13, 2010

     The local arts council that supports the Loft Cinema, Tucson Children’s Museum, the All Souls Procession, Arizona Theatre Company, Arizona Opera, the fall Open Studio Tour, and Tucson Meet Yourself is facing 60% budget cuts. According to Tuscene.com (a great resource for all art happenings in Tucson), “TPAC also provides professional development and capacity building opportunities for artists and arts organizations and advocates for and promotes arts and culture as a major economic engine in our region.”

     On January 7th, the City Council proposed a 60% budget cut to “outside” agencies, including the Tucson-Pima Arts Council (even thought the TPAC was created by the city as a “designated” agency to serve the region’s artistic endeavors).

     At a City Council meeting yesterday, January 12th, it was decided that most outside agencies would face the 60% cut, and all others would face a 20% loss in funding (this includes the Tucson Downtown Partnership, the non-profit responsible for improving business conditions downtown). All outside arts agencies’ funding has been consolidated and given to the Tucson-Pima Arts Council. From Azstarnet.com: “Arts Council Executive Director Roberto Bedoya said he had no idea what the council’s move means for arts groups or TPAC, other than to give the arts council more responsibilities.” For more information on this and the other cuts from yesterday’s meeting, click here.

– Hannah

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