United Arts of Central Florida will give representatives of local arts groups a chance to ask questions about changes in their funding at a meeting on Tuesday.
Arts leaders have expressed concerns since United Arts decided to implement a payment schedule change that means groups won't see money traditionally received in July until January 2014.
United Arts plans to update executives and board members of United Arts-funded groups, such as Orlando Ballet, the Orlando Museum of Art and the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, on that decision and other changes designed to simplify various grants programs.
"There has been a lot of misunderstanding," said United Arts president Flora Maria Garcia. "This is to get everyone together in one room. We want to be sure everyone's getting the same message."
Committee chairs from United Arts, and the chairwoman of the UA board, Linda Landman Gonzalez, will provide an overview of the changes.
Garcia said half of the two-hour meeting would be set aside for questions from the arts groups.
The schedule change would strengthen United Arts' business practices, Garcia previously has told the Sentinel. Because government funding isn't announced until the fall, United Arts doesn't know until late in the year exactly how much money it will have available to disburse.
United Arts of Central Florida supports more than 50 groups in Orange, Osceola, Lake and Seminole counties, in large part through an annual fundraising campaign currently under way.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times