Group to Protest Cultural Cuts

October 25, 2010 Updated Oct 25, 2010 at 8:23 AM EDT

By WKBW Programming

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October 25, 2010 Updated Oct 25, 2010 at 8:23 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - An unusual protest brings actors, artists, musicians and others to the Rath building down town. They're calling it a "flash mob" against cuts to nearly 30 cultural organizations by Erie County Executive Chris Collins.

Some of the groups affected by this cut are the Alleyway Theatre, Irish Classical Theatre and Shakespeare in the Park. Shakespeare alone costs nearly $81,000 a year to put together.

Executive Director and Founder of Shakespeare in the Park Saul Elkin said they are concerned with the cuts.

"Whether well survive or not is the question. It's really devastating," Elkin said.

Collins said the budget cuts are a necessity and said the groups will have to find funding elsewhere.

"We are not sacrificing anything. These smaller culturals will have to make the revenue up in other ways either other foundations, ask for other government support from their towns," Collins said.

There are 10 organizations that Collins said he would continue funding including the Albright Knox Art Gallery, the Buffalo Zoo and the Museum of Science.

The group is calling their gathering a "Flash Mob" which is described as a group of people suddenly coming together to perform an unusual act or protest. They said it is a peaceful rally.

They will meet at 4 p.m. this evening at the Rath building in downtown Buffalo.