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Education Desk: The Importance of Supporting Your Neighborhood Science Museum, Especially During Statewide Arts Funding Cuts


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Four years ago, the Center received some $150,000 dollars in grant money through the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Last year, that number was cut to about $10,000 dollars. Photo: Orlando Science Center Twitter

Four years ago, the Center received some $150,000 dollars in grant money through the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Last year, that number was cut to about $10,000 dollars. Photo: Orlando Science Center Twitter


Arts organizations in Florida have taken a hit with big cuts to state funding and it’s not just theater programs and art museums.

In the last four years the Orlando Science Center has seen its funding from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs cut from $150,000 to $10,000.

Now the Science Center is looking for other funding sources-including tourist development taxes.

The Center itself has set up its own initiative to support other artists during its Pompeii exhibit that will open this Spring.

 

The Education Desk met with CEO JoAnn Newman during their busy spring break camps to talk about the importance of supporting early childhood STEM education. For more information about events at the Science Center check out their calendar.

If you’d like to listen to the interview, click on the clip above. 

Education reporting on 90.7 News is supported by Helios Education Foundation.


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