Tight State Budget Affects Norfolk Art Center

NORFOLK, NE — A tight state budget in Nebraska is affecting one non-profit business in Norfolk.

In a few months The Norfolk Art Center will lose half of its state funding.

“It’s a significant amount of our budget about ten percent doesn’t mean the art center is going to close, we will still be here, but what programs we can give will be impacted.”

The art center has been around since 1978 and since then, according to Executive Director, Kara Weander-Gaster, the art center has done a great diversity of things.

Last year 20,000 people were affected directly by the art center, according to Weander-Gaster. With 150 classes that are offered and seven exhibits throughout the year, Weander-Gaster expects to downsize.

“I hope we are able to make some small cuts here and there and be wiser about our programing. We have a great board of directors to help figure out this path…”

The art center is working on an endowment campaign, but according to Weander-Gaster, membership dollars are what sustains them. Weander-Gaster says those membership dollars prove the community interest in what the art center is doing and supports the local talent.

Weander-Gaster says they are working hard to fill in the gap by planning and being realistic.

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