SC arts supporters to protest through performance

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Artists are expected to come to the Statehouse to protest Gov. Nikki Haley's decision to eliminate all funding for the South Carolina Arts Commission.

A "Rally for the Arts" is planned for Monday evening on the Statehouse grounds, the day before the House returns to consider Haley's budget vetoes.

Two of those vetoes eliminated all money for the Arts Commission. That includes $2.4 million in state taxes for operations and local grants, as well as $1.5 million in federal funding. The governor's July 5 decision shut down the agency because the vetoes came after the fiscal year began.

Organizers of the rally are asking artists to dance, draw, play music or do other performances as their protest.

The vetoes are among 81 that legislators will consider overriding this week.

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