Sunday, November 13, 2005

NOCCA on the chopping block

The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts is in danger of being shuttered. Obviously cuts need to be made, however cutting the proposed 67 positions would leave the school without a faculty. This is the high school where numerous Marsalis family members were trained, where Harry Connick Jr. got his start, etc.

This bill, HB 156, is online at the LA legislature site.
http://www.legis.state.la.us/billdata/streamdocument.asp?did=326457

"The commissioner of administration is authorized and directed to reduce the State General Fund (Direct) appropriations contained in Act 16 of the 2005
Regular Session of the Legislature for the following agencies in the following amounts:

New Orleans Center for Creative Arts by $2,147,595 and sixty-seven
(67) positions. "

It is scheduled to be heard on November 13, 2005
4:00 pm
Room 5

The legislator presenting the bill is Representative John A. Alario, Jr, chairman of the appropriations committee.  His district office phone numbers are (504)340-2221 and (504)341-0794 (Fax).  His email address, as listed on the legislature's website, is smithg@legis.state.la.us. 

I'll be posting more people who can be contacted if you have an opinion on preserving arts training in New Orleans. And you better...

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