Tuesday, February 23, 2010

VA Arts Won't Go Down Without a RALLY- This Thursday!

The situation for Virginia arts funding is precarious. Besides calling and faxing your legislator, there will be a rally for VA arts funds this Thursday morning at the Virginia General Assembly and Capitol- get more information about the rally at the Virginia Alliance for Local Arts Agencies blog.

And read this great post at Richmond.com about potential cuts for Virginia arts funds and the importance of the VA Commission for the Arts. Here's an excerpt:

Every dollar the state invests in the arts through the Virginia Commission for the Arts returns $7 in investment by corporations, in ticket and event sales, and in local government funding. The state investment also leverages federal matching funds - $1 million last year from the National Endowment for the Arts. $1 million more that will not be available to many organizations that need it if this cut is approved.

Arts in a community promote the grown of the "creative class" in the community. Talented young professionals are attracted to communities with a lively arts and cultural scene. The growth of arts and cultural districts and of public art programs across Virginia demonstrates that local officials understand the connection of the arts with economic development and community revitalizations.

Please contact your legislators today!

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