Supporting the Arts…

From The Associated Press, April 20, 2010

Georgia’s arts council was granted a reprieve on Tuesday from the state Senate.
The state House had targeted the arts panel for elimination, a move which arts advocates
said would imperil hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal grants. On Tuesday,
Senate budget writers restored $890,000 in state money to keep the Georgia Council
for the Arts afloat for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The money was included
in the $17.8 billion budget proposal that passed the Senate Appropriations Committee.
The council is still taking a hit. Gone are about $1.7 million in state grants to
local arts and cultural organizations. Georgia would have been the only state in
the nation without a federally recognized arts council if the panel had been eliminated,
making the state ineligible for more than $800,000 in federal National Endowment
for the Arts grants. Artists rallied at the state Capitol on Monday urging legislators
to restore arts money. State Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jack Hill
said legislators heard an earful on the arts issue. “I think it made the difference,”
the Republican from Reidsville said. The full state Senate is expected to take up
the budget on Wednesday. They must then reconcile their spending blueprint with
the one that cleared the House.

A special thank you to Thomas Cott and the Business Week for this bit of worrisome news.


I have been out of commission for a while as I have been moving but also, I got the worst cold that I have ever had in about 3 or 4 years.

First bit of news I have is that the company orientation for “Breaking Up is Hard To Do” is on Sunday!  It’ll be great to get to know the cast a little before I start hounding them.

Second bit of news, is a total YAY moment.  You know how when you move, you end up finding little treasures that you had believed long since lost? Well, I had that moment happen! And as it turns out, what I found was the very thing that I needed to reconstruct the interview with Bill Starr.  So, I will begin (again for the umpteenth time) to re-edit it so that the voice levels are even and as clear as I can make them.

Third bit of news, I know there are certain things in my life that I must change.  One of them is that I would LOVE to jog more. I find that when I run I have better stamina when it comes to dancing and singing on stage.  You don’t sound or feel like you can’t breathe.  That was just a side note, an awkward segue if you will.  The real story is the video that follows.  Hugh Hysell is trying to nab a spot on The Biggest Loser.   He has submitted the BEST audition video.  I hope you cheer him on like I did!

Good Luck, Hugh!!!