Directors At Tourist Spots Are Planning Budgets With Less Money

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Lawmakers already told directors at Jenny Wiley Theatre and the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg to expect less state dollars this year.

Directors say they are feeling the effects of the economy and are planning their 2009 budgets with less money.

They are telling lawmakers that cutting the arts would hurt others too because their shows bring a lot of tourists who spend money in hotels and restaurants and add tax dollars.

“We all deal with these cuts and they're very difficult to deal with. We want to stay strong and continue to offer great art for the region,” Marty Childers said.

Directors at Jenny Wiley Theatre say corporate sponsors are still offering their regular amounts.

Officials say no matter what happens with the funding, none of the organizations are in danger of closing.

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  • by Dave Location: East Ky Weekly Cackle on Jan 18, 2009 at 10:11 AM
    Hey Jenny Wiley Theatre! Do a play about our Gov. and the Cincinnati mafia trying to starve us to vote for casinos in this state. There is no shortfall of money in Frankfort, just a man terrified of repercussions from the mafia if he doesn't come through with their casinos. AND, you know what? He's not going to get them.
  • by Randy Location: Martin on Jan 16, 2009 at 03:08 PM
    Folks get with it when it comes to East Ky we get the shaft. If the venues where in the Golden Triangle (Lexington, Louisville and Owensboro)they would not be having troubles with less money. Just wait when your Democratic governor takes more coal severance tax form us they will be more venues closing.
  • by Ken Location: Prestonsburg on Jan 16, 2009 at 01:55 PM
    I'm not sure what jim in Pike is talking about. There are a lot of quality acts at the MAC including the Kentucky Opry. The JWT also has phenomenal programing and would be even better if local people would support (attend) rather than criticize. There are great shows at the Expo and their increased sitting allows them to bring bigger name acts. We are extremely fortunate to have all of these venues in a very small market. The Kentucky Opry Show is a first class show and as good as you will see anywhere. People do drive from long distances to attend and they really enjoy the shows - in fact many of them are are overwhelmed. You cannot expect to consistently have big name acts in a small market. Maybe Jim you could put up some money and try to promote a show that you think everyone (including yourself) will like. Then when you lose enough money, you will start critizing the local people for not supporting the arts. In other words, jim, put your money where your mouth is.
  • by Terri on Jan 16, 2009 at 04:44 AM
    Things will improve now that we have democrats in control, but it will take years to clear up the mess that Bush and the republicans have created.
  • by jim Location: floyd on Jan 16, 2009 at 04:42 AM
    Republican economy
  • by Jim Location: Pike on Jan 15, 2009 at 04:40 PM
    Quote"They are telling lawmakers that cutting the arts would hurt others too because their shows bring a lot of tourists who spend money in hotels and restaurants and add tax dollars." That is rubbish. Most of the people that go there are from the area and they sure arent staying in motels. Maybe eating but they could be eating in resturants anyway. I bet they sure arent making the so called tax dollars back that the goverment is wasting on these two jokes of entertainment. THe MAC hasnt had a good show in ages. Who is going to travel a very long way to see washed up has been acts?? Save the money for stuff we need and let them fend for themselves. If you wanna see a good show go to the Expo in Pikeville or go on to Rupp.


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