Tuesday, February 14, 2006

The Shreveport Times-Already-skinny arts groups go on a diet

The Shreveport Times: "february 2006: Already-skinny arts groups go on a diet
February 14, 2006

By Jennifer Flowers

Most nonprofits say survival is a matter of staying lean and mean.

And it looks like depleted funds are giving arts groups no choice but to trim their fat.

Despite healthy box office numbers, most of Shreveport's biggest arts organizations that scraped by last year continue to slash away at already-tight budgets. Many are pointing their finger at hurricanes Katrina and Rita, as well as an increase in area nonprofits and the dry spell of donors and public money. Most smaller grass-roots groups, on the other hand, seem to be chugging along — and are even prospering in some cases.

'I don't want to say that funds are drying up,' said Scott Green, executive director of Shreveport Symphony Orchestra. 'We have so many worthy organizations. And corporations and individuals and foundations are now being bombarded daily with requests for funding.'

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