Little noticed is that two of North Carolina's major cultural institutions – the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art – emerged from Gov. Pat McCrory with only light cuts.
McCrory's budget cuts state appropriations to the Museum of Art by $39,000 and to the Symphony by $16,000.
The state's challenge grant, however, is being proposed to be cut from $1.5 million to $1 million. Under the grant, the state would match private donations.
It should be noted that budget director Art Pope and his wife Kathy are major supporters of the arts, particularly the NC Symphony.
Republicans have long been some of the movers and shakers in the arts world. Raleigh's major cultural venue, now called Duke Center for the Performing Arts, was renovated and expanded under GOP Mayor Tom Fetzer. Several of the halls are named after cultural leaders who are also significant GOP donors, Dr. Assad Meymandi and K.D. Kennedy.
Gov. Pat McCrory was supportive of the arts during his 14 years as Charlotte mayor.