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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –It's a tough time for the arts. With money so tight, Arts programs are often the first to go. State leaders considered cutting all money for the Georgia Council for the Arts. That's not happening now, but the fight for arts funding isn't over.

In Georgia, you don't have to travel far to see famous artists, historical relics, and spectacular performances. "Many times we don't look in our own backyard for enjoyment," said Tommy Gregors, Executive Director at Thronateeska Heritage Museum.

Many of which are offered in Albany at little to no cost. "Our family days are free, our lectures are free and there is no admission to the museum," said Nick Nelson, Executive Director of Albany Museum of Arts.

But in order for these to stay free, support is needed.

"The funding for the arts and culture has been put back in the state budget and we are very pleased with that any amount of funding we can get," said Gregors.

The Albany Area Arts Council helps promote arts in the area, and supports and raises money for several local organizations including the Albany Museum of Art and the Thronateeska Heritage Museum. But funding this year is still questionable.

"Anytime we cut support for our organization its a concern for us because we need those advocates out there we need someone out there talking about the value of our institution not necessarily from a recreational or enjoyable standpoint but also from an educational standpoint," said Gregors.

Nick Nelson, executive Director of the Albany Museum of Art says money has been cut from the budget for years. "That makes it harder for us to fulfill our mission. We will have to seek out the funds from other sources whether that's through sponsorships or donations or if we have to cut things."

But the fights not over yet. "What we really need right now if for our local people to talk to our state representatives about how important funding for art is here in Albany GA and across the state," said  Gregors.

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