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Arts supporters make some noise

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Georgia artists protested at the state Capitol this afternoon, rallying against proposed budget cuts to the Georgia Council for the arts.

The Albany Arts Council serves as an advocate for the arts. They give local artists, including students at Albany State University and Darton College, an avenue for displaying their projects.

They also support and raise money for the Albany Civil Rights Institute, the Museum of Art, Thronateeska and the Symphony Orchestra. They hope the community will call local representatives and encourage lawmakers to restore the funding. 

"Your voice is really needed to be heard at this time, understanding the current economic situation, I just truly am hoping that some sort of compromised can be made," said Albany Area Arts Council Exec. Director Deborah Loehr.

Georgia would be the only state in the nation without a state arts agency recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts if the council is eliminated. Last year Georgia received $800,000 in federal money supporting the arts.

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