Contact Tony Marrero at email@example.com or (727) 893-8779. Follow @tmarrerotimes — Advocates who want the Pinellas County Commission to restore public funding for the arts are ready to make their pitch.
It’s a modest amount compared to prerecession levels, when the commission distributed $600,000 in annual grants and the county’s Tourist Development Council gave $750,000 to arts groups. And the proposal doesn’t seek to revive the county’s practice of awarding larger grants to established and emerging nonprofit arts organizations.
Better to start small and prove the worth of the investment, said Mitzi Gordon, executive director of Creative Pinellas, the county’s designated local arts agency.