Arts Programs Cut 50 Percent

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Gov. Jennifer Granholm announced state funding to the arts will be reduced by 50 percent, saying the arts "are important", but "not vital in the same way feeding a child is vital."

Meanwhile local theater and music groups are doing their best to work with the cutbacks. The Boarshead Theater received more than $70,000 in state funds last year to help educational programs, pay for set design, and bring in talent from other states.

Theater representatives say they may have to reduce the number of actors they hire, decrease set detail and possibly reduce the number of shows they produce.

Meanwhile, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra is planning to cut back its budget by reducing or eliminating some educational programs in which orchestra members travel to schools and teach kids about music.

Last year the orchestra received $46,000 from the state.