Council Restores Partial Funding to City Culturals

October 18, 2011 Updated Oct 18, 2011 at 6:44 PM EDT

By Allen Leight

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October 18, 2011 Updated Oct 18, 2011 at 6:44 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Some arts and cultural organizations in the City of Buffalo are getting some funding restored thanks to the Buffalo Common Council.

The City had allocated $200,000 specifically for cultural organizations during the budget process, half to be raised by the council and half from the mayor.

The council originally passed a resolution to give all $200,000 to the 27 city groups based on how much funding they received previously from the the county, however that was vetoed by the Mayor.

Tuesday, the council passed a resolution to transfer the $100,000 that was raised from contributions by the councilmember's individual discretionary funds, restoring funding to the culturals to about 40% of their original budget.

A spokesman for Mayor Byron Brown tells Eyewitness News that he has committed the other $100,000 to city cultural groups, however it's unclear how that funding would be distributed.

The money is being distributed to the 27 groups as follows:

Music is Art - $3,600
Shakespeare in the Park - $14,100
Alleyway Theatre - $750
CEPA Gallery - $7,600
El Museo - $782.50
Folkloric Dance - $50
Hallwalls - $8,300
Irish Classical Theatre Co. - $12,100
Just Buffalo Literary Center - $8,500
Locust St. Neighborhood Art Classes - $1,902.50
New Phoenix Theatre - $3,350
Pierce Arrow Museum - $350
Road Less Traveled Theatre - $322.50
Squeaky Wheel - $2,850
Theatre of Youth - $8,300
Buffalo & Erie Co. Naval Park - $100
African American Cultural Center - $11,200
Buffalo Arts Studio - $4,900
Buffalo Inner City Ballet - $1,900
Big Orbit Gallery - $1,447.50
BPO Chrous - $1,500
Community Music School - $195
Kavinoky Theatre - $600
Ujima Company - $2,750
Young Audiences of WNY - $300
Neglia Ballet - $1,300
Botanical Gardens - $1,950