Grand Forks officials are looking to cut art money to organizations because their missions are not directly related to the arts.
The Grand Forks Herald reports (http://bit.ly/VKLH15) that the five groups last year received a total of $12,550, or about 11 percent of the Arts Regranting Program funding.
Council member Doug Christensen, who made a motion to hold funding for those organizations, says the groups don't appear to meet eligibility requirements for the grants.
Says Christensen, "How in good conscience can we say these have a direct relation to the arts?"
North Valley Arts Council President Dana Harsell supports the funding. She says it doesn't take an artist or an art group to "arrange artistic opportunities for the community."