[Dixielandjazz] Support Your Local Cultural Alliance
Stephen G Barbone
barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Mon Mar 9 08:55:20 PDT 2009
For the USA activists on the List:
Support, or join your local Cultural Alliance.
Even in this time of budget cuts YOU can help make a difference in
funding for the arts. Here in the Philadelphia area, I belong to and
meet with two such groups. Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and Greater
Brandywine Cultural Alliance.
As a result of their advocacy, arts funding in this area is not
eliminated but subject to the same percentage cuts that other segments
are. This is counter to those areas where arts programs are being cut
out of municipal budgets entirety.
Yesterday, Philadelphia's Mayor Nutter stated to the Associated Press;
"There is something about art and music and culture that enhances the
quality of life in this city . . .it helps us cope and deal with the
madness around us . . .
He also cited a Philadelphia Cultural Alliance study which reported
that the arts and culture segment employs 40,000 people in the region
and generates more than $1 billion in economic activity every year.
Some other cities, NYC for example, are also backing arts funding
programs. Yet, others are dropping arts program funding entirely. So,
I urge everyone who can, to get involved with your local Cultural
Alliance. Make it a priority to get children engaged in the arts. Make
it a priority to show the know nothing politicians that arts generate
revenue, promote tourism and create jobs.
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