Saturday, February 07, 2009

Oh-Oh, Did Someone Take a Dive?



Did traditional arts advocacy groups in Michigan "take a dive" on Governor Granholm's proposals to cut arts-funding (along with the Department of History, Arts & Libraries), in return for a promise (express or implied) that the Governor would assure funding for the arts in the President's Stimulus Package?

That would explain the silence after the Governor's State of the State message and the (otherwise, inexplicable) endorsement by ArtServe of Michigan of the HAL-elimination proposal.

If so, with Congress about to vote, and arts funding out of the Federal Stimulus package due to the Coburn Amendment, that looks like a very bad bargain on someone's part.

Makes one want to press a wheel of brie directly against one's black eye, doesn't it?

Pass the Chardonnay, Muffy.


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The painting is Stag at Sharkey's (1909) by George Bellows

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