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Reflecting on the numbers

This graph, which looks at arts funding for Erie and Niagara Counties compared to the national average, comes from a 2005 study conducted by the University at Buffalo's Regional Institute. The report, granted, is five years old, represents two counties (not just Erie) and was based on just 22 of the many dozens of local cultural groups (including many of the 10 slated to receive full Erie County funding in 2011). But keeping in mind New York State funding for the arts is likely to drop precipitously in the coming year, it does provide a certain amount of food for thought:


--Colin Dabkowski


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