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.