I guess that "Florida: State of the Arts" license plate is especially ironic now. The National Assembly of Arts reports Florida has made the most dramatic cuts to art funding in fiscal year 2009, so far. After four years of increases, total funding fell by $11.6 million.
Programs supporting public art are expected to lose around $50,000 of their annual funding. Oh, no, who will pay for Britto's work now?
But if Florida fell so far, it's only because our funding was traditionally high. Only five other states spent more money funding the arts in 2008.
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