For 2009, United Arts of Central Florida raised more than $3.1 million in its campaign to fund arts and approved nearly $1.7 million worth of grants to the following 13 groups:
Orlando Museum of Art | $283,261This just might be my complete and total ignorance on this topic, but while these history and science entities are wonderful and deserve all the funding they can get, why is money from United ARTS (underline the word arts) funding entities not even involved in art? (Orlando Science Center | The History Center | Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community)
Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra | $244,721
Orlando Ballet | $225,734
Orlando Science Center | $199,943
Orlando Shakespeare Theater | $120,775
Bach Festival Society | $91,345
Orlando Repertory Theatre | $67,736
Festival of Orchestras | $67,909
Enzian Theater | $43,607
Crealdé School of Art | $45,121
Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community | $42,541
Maitland Art Center | $36,152
Orange County Regional History Center | $27,163
Again, this could be my ignorance speaking, but is there no history or historical preservation fund? Science and education fund? If so, then why are these groups dipping into the arts pocket? If not, then why are there not dedicated sources to fund the sciences and history programs in this city?
I am ready to be proven wrong! Bring it!