In my story this morning, we explored the arts and culture legacy of Pam Slater-Price, who’s stepping down this year after 20 years in office. She’s designated more than $10 million over the years in county grants to arts and culture organizations, a commitment that’s earned her special standing in the culture community but has also made her a target.
Another elected official known for championing arts is stepping down this year, marking a double-whammy for politically minded arts and culture leaders.
Mayor Jerry Sanders takes frequent opportunities to trumpet arts as an economic driver. An annual report from his office’s Commission for Arts and Culture becomes the go-to every year for arts groups seeking to validate their economic potency. He just announced he’s adding $300,000 to the cause, bringing the mayor’s total arts and culture program budget for next year to about $6.5 million.