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Pollard urges Oklahomans to contact Congress over proposed arts cuts

Pollard to be directly affected

Gazette staff February 22nd, 2011

Guthrie’s Pollard Theatre is urging stage fans to voice concern to Oklahoma senators over proposed cuts of National Endowment for the Arts’ funding.


The House of Representatives has already approved some $45 million in cuts, but the Senate has not voted yet.

The Pollard receives just more than $50,000 a year from the Oklahoma Arts Council, which receives 20 percent of its grant-making budget from the NEA. A cut to the OAC via cuts to the NEA would lose The Pollard about $10,000 in funding, or 2 percent of its budget.

“A brief note is all it takes; and in fact,is preferred. Simply urge them to restore funding to the National Endowment for the Arts. You can make a difference — the House amendment passed by a mere 8 votes,” wrote Pollard officials in a press release, urging Oklahomans to contact Sen. Jim Inhofe or Sen. Tom Coburn.

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