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Wednesday Morning Roundup


by Stephen Becker 12 Aug 2009

FORT WORTH FOLLOWS DALLAS’ LEAD: On Monday, the Dallas City Council got a look at a budget proposal that cut arts funding by more than 20 percent while also curbing library hours in an effort to save money. It’s almost as if that same budget hopped in a car and headed west down 1-30. On […]

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FORT WORTH FOLLOWS DALLAS’ LEAD: On Monday, the Dallas City Council got a look at a budget proposal that cut arts funding by more than 20 percent while also curbing library hours in an effort to save money. It’s almost as if that same budget hopped in a car and headed west down 1-30. On Tuesday, the Fort Worth City Council was faced with some undesirable options as well in its fight to trim $59 million. Among the ideas are to cut arts funding by 24 percent and close the Wedgwood and Meadowbrook branch libraries. As in Dallas, the Fort Worth budget isn’t set in stone just yet. Public hearings will be scheduled over the next couple weeks.

RETURN TO LARAMIE: The Dallas Theater Center will join nearly 100 other theaters nationwide in presenting a reading of The Laramie Project-10 Years Later on Oct. 12. The new work looks at how the murder of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old gay man, affected the title Wyoming town. Elaine Liner over at theaterjones.com has the details.

HANG IT UP: Stage West sends word that it is looking for 6-18 artists to fill its gallery space next season. Any 2D art will be considered to hang in the lobby and back hall gallery space. The idea is that 1-3 artists will be featured during each of Stage West’s shows. If you’re interested, send samples to Dana Schultes at dana@stagewest.org or mail them (with a SASE if you want them back) to:

Dana Schultes
“Lobby Art Submission”
Stage West
821 W. Vickery Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76104

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  • It’s too late now, but I can’t help think that if the FWPD had bothered to APPLY for the grants that went to every other PD department in the state, the $59 million shortfall might have been drastically reduced if not canceled out. Someone dropped the ball big time on that one. Everyone makes mistakes, yes. This mistake was HUGE though and has a significant effect on everyone in the city.