GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Arts organizations in Greater Lafayette could be impacted by a bill being discussed by Congress.
If the bill passes, funding for the National Endowment for the Arts would be cut by 49 percent.
The National Endowment for the Arts helps fund art organizations throughout the United States, including Lafayette. The Tippecanoe Arts Federation, the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette are all concerned.
TAF Executive Director Tetia Lee, said the budget cut will make it harder to offer free art classes for students.
" [Funds pay for] the instructors, the supplies, the overhead to keep them here and anything we can do to get out there to help these kids stay out of trouble," said Lee.
Lafayette Symphony Orchestra Executive Director, Sara Mummey said all arts help kids grow. She said the budget cuts concern her.
"I think that the arts impact every part of our development from a young age through adulthood really. It's a part of what makes our community rich," said Mummey.
The Civic Theater of Greater Lafayette would be impacted. Managing Director Steven Koehler, said he's concerned about the Civic Theatre and other arts organizations in the community.
"We have a direct educational impact on so many kids throughout the community, Civic and several other organizations. As we have to cut projects and programs to make up for the last operating funds, those will be the first possible in the chopping block," said Koehler.
Community members can help by signing a petition in support of the arts.
"It is very important for all of us to activate that democratic process. Write letters make phone calls. If you know them personally, set up a one-on-one meeting," said Lee.
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