Culture Crackdown

The mayor unveils a new weapon for the war on arts funding

The symbolic and material importance of such funding— minuscule though it is for many groups— may best be measured by the dozens of arts executives who declined to speak for the record, fearful that they would be shut out of the city's coffers entirely if they criticized the mayor. "We have no comment on the budget," quips Christine Williams, development director of Bang on a Can, which promotes and produces new music. "We don't want to walk into our office tomorrow and find that Giuliani has turned it into a homeless shelter."

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