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Restore arts center funding

The Maryland arts community was stunned to learn that Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts was singled out as the only nonprofit to have its funding deleted from the state capital budget ("Hogan snubs Busch with $2M cut," May 15).

This capital project funding was approved by the General Assembly — both Republicans and Democrats — for enhancements and renovations at Maryland Hall, including improvements to make the community arts center more accessible for those with disabilities.

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This unprecedented action will harm the thousands of patrons, students, artists, volunteers, parents and supporters of Maryland Hall who benefit from this treasure in our community.

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Theater of Maryland, Annapolis Opera, Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra and Annapolis Chorale are all partners in the ongoing project to update Maryland Hall. They all will be affected by the delay caused by this significant cut in state funding.

We urge that the money be restored so that Maryland Hall can continue to enrich the community and transform lives. We appreciate the continued support of the elected officials and community members who support Maryland Hall and who regard the funding of the arts, communities and education as a priority.

Linnell Bowen, Annapolis

The writer is president of the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

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