The funding for cultural affairs in Florida will drop 80 percent this year and make up less than one percent of the state’s total budget. Florida is now ranked No. 48 nationally in funding arts.
Gainesville’s Hippodrome Theatre will receive less than $10,000 from the state this year in contrast to the $48,000 it received last year.
“We’re figuring out each day how we will be working within our means and keeping the Hippodrome financially sound,” said Jessica Hurov, the managing director.
Despite the cuts in funding, the Hippodrome plans to remain open and keep ticket prices the same.