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Arts Initiative Confirms 30% Budget Cut

Bwog’s ESC Correspondent Sean Zimmermann writes from tonight’s meeting:

Chad Miller, the Arts Initiative’s Event and Outreach Coordinator opened ESC’s meeting this week. Miller confirmed that the TIC has been asked to cut 30% of their budget by the Office of the President. The cut was not ordered by the School of the Arts. The Arts Initiative was informed last November that the TIC would be transferred from the Office of the President to the School of the Arts. Miller explained that the cuts will not come out of tickets; the TIC would find other ways to cut costs. He explained that lunch with the Arts Initiative will no longer include lunch; it will be “chat with the Arts Initiative.”

UPDATE: We’ve been informed that it’s actually the Arts Initiative, not the TIC specifically, that is receiving the 30% budget cut. The Arts Initiative includes ArtsLink, Passport to New York, Columbia Alumni Arts League, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation Student Arts Support Fund and Lunch with the Arts Initiative. Adjustments to the Lunch with the Arts Initiative are still undetermined.

Expect updates and details in the next few days.

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  • =( says:

    @=( This is terrible news…the TIC has been one of Columbia’s most successful and appreciated enterprises in recent times, and CUarts is the only branch of Columbia administration that truly acts in the best interest of the students. I’m only ever donating money to Columbia if it goes directly to CUarts.

    Also, lunch with the arts initiative hasn’t included lunch for months…

  • this says:

    @this is so sick. arts initiative is one of the only things that makes this school actually fun to go to sometimes.

  • Budget questions says:

    @Budget questions What is their normal budget? How is it funded? Student fees? Rich New York patrons?

  • first says:

    @first postcrypt and now this?

    : (

  • uhm... says:

    @uhm... who cares at all????????????

    1. Uhhh says:

      @Uhhh People who actually appreciate culture and want to explore the vibrant arts of the city. How about you go back to your W.O.W. bubble and shut up.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous this’ll probably fuck with our free museum admission. at least I’m graduating.

  • Love says:

    @Love Yep — the Whitney has already pulled its free admissions from students.

    Hugely dismayed by news.

  • gatsby! says:

    @gatsby! all of the arts organizations at this school are screwed!

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