RI Arts Council Refutes Claims In Report Calling For Its Elimination

Apr 2, 2014

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is taking umbrage with a new report claiming taxpayers are paying for tasteless and offensive art.

The report from the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity claims taxpayer money was used to fund an erotic holiday party, underwear art, and an international film festival that shows movies some would consider “depraved.” But RISCA refutes those claims saying it didn’t fund any party or underwear art, but gave a grant a few years ago to an artist mentioned in a blog about those events.

The conservative think tank called for eliminating the arts council, saying taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to pay for art they view as offensive.

RISCA claims its departure would eliminate hundreds of thousands of federal dollars for local art.

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