Atlanta's City Council Doubles Arts Funding Budget

Atlanta's City Council Doubles Arts Funding Budget

Arts Atlanta reports that the City Council will more than double the city's commitment to public funding for arts and cultural groups.

The budget was originally set to include $995,000 (remaining flat) in funding, but thanks to Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms that will not increase to more than double - $2 million.

Arts Atlanta reports that "According to a 2015 Americans for the Arts survey of Atlanta, every resident spends an average of $27 when they attend an arts event (not including the price of admission); for nonresidents, the figure is $37. "Every person who sees an arts event in Atlanta makes an economic impact," Cremin said. "The money that is invested in the arts comes back around."

Arts Atlanta reports that the money will go towards providing funding for grants to small and medium-sized arts organizations who needed an influx of money to survive.

For more information read the full report.

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