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Arts funding remains a battle in Miami-Dade budget debate

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With Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez backing off a string of proposed budget cuts, subsidies for cultural institutions remain a battleground.

The Miami Children's Museum sent a letter to county commissioners Tuesday objecting to a proposed cut in its tax funding from $750,000 to $635,000. "I am not suggesting that any other organization's approved funding or recommended funding be touched on behalf of the Miami Children's Museum," Jeff Berkowitz, chairman of the museum's board, said in the letter. 

  Download Miami Children's Museum letter

Meanwhile, the Pérez Art Museum Miami continues to press for restoration of a $1.4 million funding increase that Gimenez initially proposed for the new facility but then scrapped to bridge a budget gap in the police department.

And with cultural grants also facing cuts, a string of non-profit art organizations packed commission chambers at a Sept. 4 budget hearing, including a youth symphony that played a brief work for commissioners. Look for an encore this Thursday, for the final hearing before a budget vote. 

 

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