Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Advocate for your Arts!

So, ya'll have already read a post from me about the importance of the arts. If you haven't, here it is.

For those U.S. readers, the U.S. Congress is voting THIS WEEK on the reduction or elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts' funding. Please take a moment and write your congressional representatives. You can send them an e-mail via this link: Advocate for the Arts!!

To put things in perspective for you and your home state, take a look at the States Arts Agency 2011 Fiscal Year Budget press release. Pennsylvania's budget was cut by 30%, Kansas's budget was cut by 28.7% and Washington state, Missouri, and South Dakota's budgets were cut by 27%. For Georgia, the state arts agency budget was cut by 65.9% (As a Georgian, this upsets me greatly).

Why does this matter?

Because of the arts funding deficiency many states are already facing, arts agencies, programs, and opportunities need the support of government arts agencies to survive. Without them, we'll continue to lose arts programs...This includes theater, architecture, music, dance, literature, the visual arts, photography, etc. And here's yet another informative article from Psychology Today about why cutting arts budgets is a bad idea.

We really need to fight for our arts programs and let our representatives know that we want to keep them! It takes just a minute to send an e-mail.

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