Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Feeling Grateful in Trying Times

We at Imagination Stage feel very fortunate that the arts are well supported in the state of Maryland by Governor Martin O’Malley and the State Legislature and in Montgomery County by County Executive Ike Leggett and the County Council.

On March 15, Mr. Leggett presented his recommended FY11 Operating Budget which included a 10% reduction in funding to AHCMC's budget for grants and administration. Given the state of the financial crisis and the many demands on the County's budget, we are encouraged by the Executive's recommended support and are grateful that the reduction was not more severe. As the County Council turns its attention to the budget, Council members need to hear from constituents!

Show your support by going to to "Give the Green Light to the Arts and Humanities" and ask your County Council member to approve the County Executive's 2011 appropriation.

What the cut means to Imagination Stage: a $30,000 reduction in funding in 2010-2011, which we will look to our friends to make up. Thanks for your action and support.

--Bonnie Fogel, Executive Director

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