In a 6-0 vote today, the Fulton County Commission rejected a proposal to cut nearly $500,000 from the county Arts Council budget . The county is facing a $115 million deficit and is looking for any and all ways to cut the budget. Fulton is the single largest public funder of the arts in the state.
Nearly 50 speakers came before the Fulton County Commission to protest the cuts, which could have affected organizations like the Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Film Festival, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Alliance Theatre, Center for Puppetry Arts, High Museum of Art, Shakespeare Tavern, WonderRoot, Young Audiences and many more.
Arts groups had rallied patrons over the past week with email blasts about the potential cut and fears that the funding cut might completely eliminate the Arts Council budget.