On April 18th, the Michigan House Subcommittee for the Department of History, Arts and Libraries (HAL) made its FY 2006-2007 budget recommendation. Selected “highlights,” including a special Ann Arbor Film Festival Amendment are below.
The Subcommittee’s Recommendation
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Increase State funding for Arts and Cultural Grants by $265,900. (A $50,000 reduction from the Governor’s recommendation).
Arts Grants Prohibitions
1) The department shall not award grants for projects or activities that include displays of human waste on religious symbols, displays of sex acts, or depictions of flag desecration.
2) Added a new subdivision to also prohibit funding for projects or activities that are not directly funded, but are in conjunction with an event or exhibition that include displays of human waste on religious symbols, displays of sex acts, or depictions of flag desecration.
3) Added a subsection that allows the department to withhold any remaining undistributed grant payments for a recipient who doesn’t comply with the above prohibitions. The recipient also may be disqualified from future grants for up to 5 years.
Representative Taub (R-Bloomfield Hills) Amendment
The Department will not award funding to the Ann Arbor Film Festival, or its successor, for a period of two fiscal years beginning October 1, 2006.