A new feature of Unscripted is The Arts Report. Here, you’ll a round-up of hard news stories related to arts, culture, ideas, history, books, education, economics, and more, from the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida. Credit goes to Josh Eboch, our industrious editorial intern, for scouring journalism websites in the Southern Atlantic coastline for arts news stories. Don’t expect news about Britney or Lindsey or whose bump is showing. These stories matter. We’ll try to do this as frequently as we can. —J.S.

$1-million startup for arts reserve sought by in St. Petersburg

When [St. Petersburg, Fla.] officials took an ax to the budget earlier this summer, arts organizations were among the first to get cut. Now, City Council member Jeff Danner wants to make sure those arts organizations get some funding back with the creation of a privately funded arts reserve administered by the city.

St. Petersburg Times, Dec. 26, 2007

Dade County shares new vision for troubled art program

Beset by missing works of art and poor maintenance, Miami-Dade County’s Art in Public Places program will be reorganized this year to better care for the art and to step up enforcement of public-funding requirements, according to a county progress report.

Miami Herald, Jan. 7, 2008

Film sparks discussion of gays and Christian families

Leaders of a local gay and lesbian support group hope a new documentary sheds light on homosexuality and faith. On Sunday evening, more than 300 people turned out at Victory Square Theaters to see “For the Bible Tells Me So,” a 95-minute documentary on how five unrelated Christian families reconciled their faith with the knowledge that a family member was gay or lesbian.

Savannah Morning News, Jan. 7, 2008

For Aiken Native, the Road to Mainstream Paved with Good Intentions

Aiken High School graduate and owner of Atlanta-based Shadowlight productions, Richard Sampson is finalizing production on his first feature-length film. Good Intentions is set in northwest Georgia and stars both Luke Perry (90210) and country music star LeAnn Rimes. It’s a the story of a woman engaged in a criminal antique-selling enterprise to pay for her children’s college education. The screenplay was a Top 50 finalist during Season 2 of Project Greenlight and seemed to Sampson an ideal “mainstream movie” that could draw a “wide audience theatrically.”

Aiken Standard, Jan. 7, 2008