Arts organizations adjust to new Bush priorities

The Guthrie
The Guthrie Theater, in downtown Minneapolis, is one arts organization that's received funding from the Bush Foundation in the past.
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When St. Paul's Bush Foundation announced this week that it would change the way it channeled the $40 million a year it gives away in philanthropic support, the news sent ripples of concern throughout the state's non-profit community.

Bush has traditionally been a significant funder to arts groups in Minnesota and the Dakotas.

Morning Edition arts commentator and St. Paul Pioneer Press theater critic Dominic Papatola talked about how the foundation's new direction could affect its giving to the state's cultural institutions.