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State budget crunch will make things tougher for regional arts

Referring to the "twist of fate" that accompanies budget requests, Strader noted that some programs were able to secure funding based solely on their review period. She has been in contact with representatives from NYSCA who have been very supportive of her concerns and pledge to do everything in their power to correct the situation.

"We understand that these are not NYSCA decisions," Strader said. "The council has always been very supportive of us and we are working together to work through this."

There is no indication of when the grants would be back up for review.

As a proactive measure, this week the ALCA issued an appeal to supporters in the hope of securing private donations and putting pressure on State officials to restore the funding.

"We will do the best we can," Strader concluded. "But it's definitely time to do some belt-tightening."

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