Here's a message from Dave Lawrence of the Arts Council regarding an upcoming City Council meeting on July 20. Arts funding will be on the agenda...

Message from Dave Lawrence, Acting President of the Arts Council of Indianapolis:

As you may know, the 2009 allocation from the City of Indianapolis through the City-County Council was passed on May 4. Subsequently, we learned that 2009 funding from the Capital Improvement Board (CIB) was frozen, pending the outcome of the efforts to stabilize its finances. The Arts Council's grant recommendations were based on the assumption that CIB funding was part of the 2009 allocation. When the CIB funding was suspended, it required us to reallocate the funds that had been previously recommended. We have been working with members of the City-Council and the Mayor's Office on next steps. It was determined that the Arts Council would have to amend the grants list and resubmit it through the City-County Council process again. Proposal 234 was introduced on June 29 and referred to the Parks and Recreation Committee.

The Arts Council presented the amended proposal to the Parks & Recreation Committee on July 2nd. It passed out of committee with a unanimous vote of approval. The final step for the 2009 city arts funding amended recommendations (parks portion of $1,000,000) is our final hearing (and vote) by the full City Council on Monday, July 20 at 7 p.m. in the full Council meeting room. We do expect there will be councilors opposing this proposal. We should plan to have as many arts representatives present as possible on July 20 for this meeting. Please continue to tell your city councilors how critical this funding is to the arts community.

Thank you for your support and all of your efforts.

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