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 the country in per capita spending and adversely affects an industry that employs over 200,000 Georgians. As a consequence, many of the community-based and fine arts organizations, large and small, throughout the state, struggle to continue serving their audiences and their communities. We call on Governor Deal and the General Assembly to include an increase in state arts funding in support of the arts industry as a jobs sector and its significant impact throughout Georgia.”
Information on the economic impact of the arts, the number of jobs affected and the value of arts in education which support our call for an increase can be found in the SouthArts publication, Creative Industries in the South (Georgia)(2012), the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices publication, New Engines of Growth: Five Roles For Arts, Culture and Design (2012), and the National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools 1999-2000 and 2009-10.
Respectfully submitted as a Joint Statement by ArtsGeorgia and the Georgia Arts Network and joined by the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries.
The two groups encourage organizations or individuals wishing to join in supporting the call for an increase in state arts funding for fiscal 2015 to contact the Georgia Arts Network at email@example.com or ArtsGeorgia at firstname.lastname@example.org.