By Howard Pousner / firstname.lastname@example.org
Two Georgia arts advocacy organizations, ArtsGeorgia and the Georgia Arts Network, have jointly drafted a declaration encouraging support of an increase in state funding for the arts for fiscal year 2015.
The document notes that the Georgia Council for the Arts’ budget has been cut from $4 million in 2008 to $586,466 today, placing the state at the bottom nationally in per capita arts support.
Here’s the full text of the declaration:
CALL FOR AN INCREASE IN STATE ARTS FUNDING
The Georgia Council for the Arts budget was severely cut in 2008 from $4 Million Dollars to its current level of $586,466. This has resulted in a significant reduction in the available programs and services that the GCA is able to deliver to the arts industry in Georgia. The current budget profoundly limits the grants program, leaving some of Georgia’s valuable arts organizations without well-deserved and much-needed support. It caused Georgia to be ranked 50th in