Should Minnesota artists be able to use state funds for travel out of the state?

Sunset at MSP Airport
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Less than one percent of the $58.3 million the Minnesota Legislature allocated for arts and cultural heritage projects in FY2014 was spent on travel for Minnesota artists, but during the past legislative session, lawmakers determined that artists can only use Minnesota State Arts Board grant money for travel within state lines.

State of the Arts: Many artists have used MSAB grants in the past to research projects or participate in shows elsewhere in the country and internationally.

For them the move smacks of provincialism.

Today’s Question: Should Minnesota artists be able to use state funds for travel out of the state?