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Funding cultural groups is extremely important

Funding is critical for arts and culture. It is nice to see that the current county administration plans to restore some funding to cultural organizations in Western New York, and I believe the Erie County legislators should vote to include this funding in the 2013 budget.

These funds should be allocated to meaningful, responsible and viable cultural groups. These organizations create a sense of community through historic significance, volunteer opportunities, networking events, part-time and full-time jobs and engaging educational programs for our residents. These groups also provide better opportunities to enhance and maintain Western New York’s amazing cultural and artistic community.

The bottom line is that these organizations bring a sense of pride within ourselves, within our community and help to bring our residents together in a positive way. Erie County needs to recognize that funding cultural organizations is extremely important and a key function in reviving our community.

Joseph DiDomenico

Elma