High school Junior Justin Griggs plays 26 different instruments, and yes, he sings.
15 year old Justin plays 26 instruments and sings. He dreams of being a performer. He’s part of several arts programs that will be directly impacted by the elimination of the city’s cultural fund in @PhillyMayor’s revised budget proposal for next year. @6abc pic.twitter.com/q4eU7dE3BG— Christie Ileto (@Christie_Ileto) June 18, 2020
Talent is being cultivated at student workshops at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz. It's one of 349 organizations that gets dollars for its programming from the city's cultural fund which is eliminated under Mayor Kenney's revised budget proposal for next year.
"It's upsetting, very upsetting, honestly the Clef Club is my second home," said Griggs.
Protestors have been rallying to redirect money from other areas to the cultural fund while a grassroots movement online has garnered the support of well-known Philadelphia artists, including DJ Jazzy Jeff who is calling on city leaders to save the arts.
#NEW Govt sources: Right now, city council is deliberating restoring some level of funding to Arts & Culture and for anti-poverty measures. Sources add council is debating reductions in police spending that could be more than the 19 million dollars @PhillyMayor was calling for. pic.twitter.com/TpEi7Q6E3S— Christie Ileto (@Christie_Ileto) June 18, 2020
Recording artist Jeff Bradshaw calls the cut personal.
"I come from the projects of North Philadelphia, we had art classes and rec centers. To take away the culture and arts and the accessibility of it from the community is horrible," said Bradshaw.
Sources tell Action News that City Council is deliberating restoring some level of funding to Arts & Culture and for anti-poverty measures.