Arts aid requests climb, funds shrink
Although the Maryland State Arts Council took only a modest $125,000 cut in program funds in the fiscal year 1992 budget Gov. William Donald Schaefer submitted to the General Assembly Feb. 1, requests for aid from arts organizations are up 23 percent, or $600,000, over last year.
The state's small and mid-sized arts organizations -- as well as community groups with arts programs -- have requested $3.2 million in state support, up from $2.6 million last year, according to arts council grants officer Charles Camp.
Mr. Camp says the number of applications has declined slightly -- from 206 last year to 201 this year -- but that the increases reflect the fact that the budgets of arts groups "continue to grow."
The deadline for applications from organizations with budgets more than $1 million a year is March 31, and requests for state aid from those groups is expected to rise as well.
Vocal, clarinet recital
Works by Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein will highlight DTC a free recital tonight at 7:30 in Towson State University's Fine Arts Concert Hall, Osler and Cross Campus drives.
Recitalists are soprano Ruth Drucker, who has appeared with the Baltimore Symphony and National Symphony orchestras and is on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory and TSU, and clarinetist Edward Palanker, a nearly 30-year veteran of the BSO and a member of the Towson Chamber Players' Fine Arts Wind Quintet. They will be accompanied by pianist Arno Drucker. For more information, call 830-ARTS.
*Dundalk Community College, for May production of "Fiddler on the Roof," today from 2-4 p.m. and tomorrow from 7-9 p.m. in Room 409 of the College Community Center Building. Adults, children and teen needed. Call 285-9667.
*The Virginia School for the Arts, a high school boarding program for performing arts, for summer and fall programs, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. at Towson State University's Burdick Hall. Call (804) 847-8688.