State’s budget woes close GV art center |

State’s budget woes close GV art center

The state’s budget woes have forced Neighborhood Center of the Arts to close its doors temporarily, its executive director said Tuesday.

The nonprofit center in the Litton Building in Grass Valley serves 59 adults with developmental disabilities. Clients learn art, computer and everyday-living skills.

The center’s 18 teachers have been temporarily laid off, said Ellen Persa, the executive director.

More than seven weeks after the state Legislature missed the deadline to pass a budget, Alta California Regional Center, the agency that funds the center, has run out of money, Persa said she learned Tuesday.

Alta California provides 94 percent of the center’s $587,000-a year budget – or $545,200. The center needs a minimum of $39,000 a month to operate.

The center serves clients who should not be turned away, Persa said. “This is very serious.”

Marty Omoto, legislative director for the California Coalition of United Cerebral Palsy Associations, predicted Tuesday that hundreds of state-funded providers who serve the disabled will run out of money by Sept. 15 if a state budget isn’t passed.

Neighborhood Center of the Arts opened in 1984.

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