The compromise budget which kept the Federal Government operating this year will have a “devastating” effect on small arts organizations, including small theaters, according to the Washington City Paper.
In a detailed article by Benjamin R. Freed, the City Paper reveals that the new budget cuts Washington arts funding from $9.5 million to $3 million, and will have a disproportionate affect on small theater companies. The article singles out GALA Hispanic Theater as being one organization which will be most profoundly affected.
According to Freed, the White House is also pushing to have the grant administered by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, instead of its present administrator, the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities has brought the Hip-Hop Theater Festival to DC.