I don’t usually pass these things on, but this is hugely important to me as an artist and a citizen.
As you all know these are rough times and our state is having to make some hard decisions about the budget. I understand that budgets are being cut, but yesterday the House Appropriations Committee voted to eliminate the Georgia Council for the Arts budget for FY 2011. GCA will no longer exist.
If this passes
1 – Georgia will be the only state and territory that will have no state arts agency.
2 – We will lose the Grassroots Arts Program that ensures there is arts programming in every Georgia County.
3 – Georgia will lose tax money that is reinvested in our state through the National Endowment for the Arts. This money is entirely contingent on the GCA budget being at least $900,000. This money from the NEA funds programs in every Georgia County.
4 – We will lose more jobs in this economic crisis.
Remember that investing in the arts pays off both in tax revenue, jobs, tourism – it’s one industry that is alive and well in spite of the overall economy. Please contact your state legislators TODAY, and let other voters know of the situation.
In education Georgia ranks 45th based on SAT scores and 47th based on Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate for Public High School Students. In well being of our children we rank 41st. Now we will rank 50th in the arts and be the only state or territory in the U.S. without a state arts agency.
I just wrote our state legislators and I hope you’ll take a moment to do the same.