Monday, Nov. 10, 2008 | Regarding your article “Slush Funds Run Dry,” I would like to state emphatically that a suspension of community enhancement funds to arts and cultural institutions would be a devastating blow to school children and families in the San Diego area, particularly in these lean times. The museums and arts organizations provide a wealth of educational and cultural resources to the community. Their support for schools, as well as for after-school, adult, young adult and senior programs, is unparalleled anywhere in the region.
Science and art museums, zoos and performing and visual arts facilities fill in the gaps that classroom teachers and parents badly want and need. I urge the county supervisors to reconsider and continue to fund arts and culture.
Lynne Kennedy is the deputy executive director for the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.