Monday, February 14, 2011

Urge Congress to Support Arts & Culture

Just got this email from the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance...

"...This week, the U.S. House of Representatives will bring a a Continuing Resolution (CR) appropriations package to the House floor that proposes to cut dozens of federal agencies and programs for the balance of the current 2011 fiscal year (March 5 through September 30). Funding for arts and culture is not spared in this proposal, as it outlines cuts for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Community Development Block Grants. Specifically, the House Appropriations Committee has set the proposed cut to the NEA at $22.5 million.

We need your voices more than ever. It only takes a few minutes to send a letter (that we've already composed for you!) to our senators and representatives asking for their support of arts and culture. Our leaders need to remember that support for theaters, music, dance, community centers, local media programming, museums, zoos, and historical sites is a small but critical investment in our neighborhoods that consistently delivers better education outcomes, community revitalization, and jobs. Reduction or complete elimination of these critical agencies and programs would only stymie the growth - and future - of the Greater Philadelphia region..."


Sara, Cultural Alliance said...

Thanks for posting this, Zoe. I had to admit I was a little starstruck to have an artist I admire like crazy to feature my email on their blog!

ZS said...

Thanks for sending the email, Sara. 22.5 million is a huge cut.