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Friday, June 27, 2003 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Tough times hit art grants

Local arts-funding agency Poncho has announced $1,235,000 in grants to 34 arts groups, down from $1.5 million to 46 arts groups last year.

Poncho's executive director, Carol Munro, called the current climate "a challenging fund-raising environment." The reduction of groups represents Poncho's decision to concentrate on the area's major arts institutions. Although there are fewer organizations, "Every organization is getting equal to, if not slightly more, than they did last year," Munro said.

Gifts include $132,107 for Seattle Repertory's "Boy Gets Girl," $126,261 for Pacific Northwest Ballet's "Repertory VI" and other programs, $123,148 for Seattle Opera's production of Bizet's "Carmen," $120,868 for a contemporary West Coast art exhibit at Seattle Art Museum and $81,113 to produce "The Syringa Tree" at ACT Theatre.

Other recipients included Intiman Theatre, the Seattle Symphony, Empty Space Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre, Village Theatre, Bellevue Art Museum and Cornish College of the Arts.

— Seattle Times staff

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