To support the arts in Baltimore City. High unemployment coupled with a dead real estate market and pension obligations skyrocketing out of control have left our new mayor with unprecedented financial challenges.
The BSO’s musicians have just agreed to a painful reduction in pay, and all cultural institutions in the City are facing cuts in public funding that will be very, very hard to absorb.
The Baltimore Opera is gone.
How will we ever come out of it, if we don’t find some way to fund the arts regionally, with a dedicated revenue stream? As St. Louis – another city without a county – figured out more than a century ago.