Thursday, June 4, 2009

Urgent Support of Indiana Arts

Arts Action Alert: Governor Slashes Arts Budget AGAIN

Governor's New Budget AGAIN Slashes the Arts by 50% Take Action!

Contact your Legislators Now!

As you may know, Governor Mitch Daniels rejected the budget the Indiana Legislature presented to him at the end of April. In both the House and Senate versions of the budget, the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) was treated fairly, with an 8% cut like other state agencies. This was in response to Governor Daniels initial budget proposal which would have slashed the IAC's budget by 50%!

Today, Governor Daniels released a new budget for the special session of the Legislature that will be called for later this month. His budget AGAIN calls for a 50% reduction of the IAC, from approximately $4M to $2M a year for the next biennium. This loss of support for our state's arts infrastructure will put community and regional arts organizations of all sizes and types at risk of going out of business.

Your legislators need to hear from you NOW. Only they can create a budget which treats the arts fairly. Only they know the many constituents and organizations which will be irreparably hurt by this proposed, massive cut.

All of us who understand the value of the arts were shocked that the Governor would ignore the message sent by both Houses, by legislators on either side of the aisle. That message is the arts in our state need to be treated fairly when it comes to governmental support as they are a vital piece of the solution to our economic downturn and highly valued by our citizens.

Click here to send a letter to your elected officials supporting the arts in our state.

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