Why Are Artists in Arlington, VA Protesting?

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The Arlington County Board has proposed a cut of over $500,000 to the county’s arts budget. This is unacceptable to a lot of artist groups in Arlington and has led to a planned protest. According to these groups, they will not stand for the county’s, “draconian cuts,” to the arts programs.

The cuts are poised to close a scene shop, a costume shop, and eliminate five different art-related positions within the local government. The cut will also include a direct decrease of $70,000 to the arts grant budget.

A petition against this cut already has almost 3,000 signatures. The rally is planned so that it would coincide with the county’s public budget meeting on Tuesday, April 2nd, at 7 pm.

Source: https://www.arlnow.com/2019/04/01/arts-supporters-plan-rally-tuesday/