Survey: Economy hurting Utah arts organizations

Survey: Economy hurting Utah arts organizations

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A state survey shows Utah's arts organizations are suffering financially because of the economic downturn.

The Utah Division of Arts and Museums had 80 organizations respond to a June survey gauging the economy's impact on the health of the state's arts and cultural nonprofit organizations.

The results posted online this week show 13 percent of the groups are planning layoffs, more than half said donation levels were slightly or significantly behind last year and half have decreased professional development for staff.

The survey results also say 61 percent reported the size of grants they've received is slightly or significantly behind what they received last year.

The state plans to send out another survey in September.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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