I am really starting to appreciate the interdisciplinary nature of this research program today. Comments from outsiders have been really thought provoking, and have really strengthened my research. After reviewing and replying to comments today, I feel my excitement about the project renewed! As a result of Adam’s comment, I found out that the Arts Council is likely receiving more funds this year than it did last year. However, Obama’s stimulus package is the sole source of funding. This state is contributing $0 to the SD Arts Council and the State Archeological Center, (their budgets are combined) while the Fed is providing $300,000 more than the council and archeological center requested. This funding is only temporary. An increase in tourism tax is supposed to fund the council for the following two years, but that is also temporary and unstable. Thus, I feel my research is even more important. Only three certain years remain to research whether or not the council is necessary for the state of South Dakota. Game on!
Comments June 30, 2009