According to a report from Fox 17, Nashville spends less than half the money per citizen on arts funding than do similar cities like Austin and Portland.
Nashville Opera, which receives some of that public arts funding, has to make do. “We operate on a razor thin margin so anytime we don’t have money in one place we have to find it somewhere else in order to make it happen,” Executive Director Noah Spiegel told Fox 17.
Meanwhile, the Metro Arts Commission is asking for the public’s input on how to allocate their relatively small pot of money. Nashvillians can fill out a survey with their opinions about public art in the city.