Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Duane Gautier: "East of the river arts grants should go to artists + organizations BASED east of the river!"

Take a moment and watch the testimony of my amazing boss (and friend!) Duane Gautier, CEO of ARCH Development Corporation at yesterday's DC Council Committee meeting on Finance & Revenue. Part of the testimony focused on the funding for the Arts. 

Although Wards 7 and 8 account for 24% of the DC population, we only receive about 6% of the Arts and Humanities grant funds. Of the east of the river grants that were distributed specifically for east of the river programming --  less than half of those organizations that received funds are actually based and/or headquartered east of the river. 

I'm no artist but what is wrong with this picture?

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