According to a few reports I received today, the legislature quietly voted to increase the cuts to NOCCA/Riverfront by an additional 850,000 dollars, bringing the total cuts to nearly 1.6 million, leaving very little left for faculty salaries or supplies for students, let alone concerts and other programming. Meanwhile, the morning paper reported funds being diverted to a school for the deaf from a closed New Orleans art school. I'm all for funding a school for the deaf, but I'm a little surprised to learn that my school is "closed."
Many, many families have been waiting to hear news of NOCCA/Riverfront reopening before they make their decision to return to the city. And the state seems to be content to close the school and give them--as well as the many residents who enjoyed attending events there--one more reason to abandon the city.