Last April we rallied at the Shaw Center and marched down 3rd Street toward the Capitol in hopes of retaining the proposed 83 percent cut to the Decentralized Art Fund. Umbrellas of pink and black, signs proclaiming ‘The Day the Music Died’ and ‘Jindal Gets an F in Art’ with about 150 mourners trailed behind a cardboard casket in which the creative spirit of Louisiana was laid to rest. It was a brief, midday affair that brought musicians, actors,painters, and poets out from behind the desks of their unrelated day jobs. The event led to throngs of yellow-shirted supporters crowding the House Appropriation Committee meeting, passage to reinstate the funding by the legislature in the months to follow, and an impending veto of the whole thing by Governor Jindal. The final result was about half a million dollars in cuts to the De-centralized Arts Funding, over a million to Statewide Art Grants and a comparatively slim reduction of $71,000 from Local Arts Agencies. The Jazz Funeral for the Arts was impressive because it took very little time to assemble a healthy group of protesters, it garnered media attention and it seemingly curbed the trajectory of Bobby’s axe. In my opinion Baton Rouge should have a Blues Funeral and stop mocking New Orleans all the time, but that’s another article altogether.