Thursday, October 27, 2011

PAST: Support Funding to the DC Arts! Contact your Council Member and the Mayor about Arts Funding before the budget is finalized this FRI, March 23rd

DC's Arts Advocacy Day! Advocate for Funding to the Arts before the budget is decided on March 23rd.

Did you know that this year’s funding for the arts is now just 0.034% of the DC budget? That's less than .o5% of the entire budget! In the past 3 years, funding to the arts in DC has been cut from $14 million to less than $4 million! That's a cut of 69.88% from FY 09 to FY 12 -  in 2009, the DC Commission received $13,018,000 in local funds, and in 2012, just $3,920,000. 

Please contact the mayor and your council member by phone and/or email to urge them to restore arts funding to at least $10 million! That's still $4 million less than three years ago. Call, email or visit in person today! Actions you can take are listed below. 


Sign the Arts Petition to Mayor Gray

Come out in person to the Wilson Building and advocate directly 

Email or call Mayor Vincent Gray at or (202) 727-6300 
See a template email and phone script 

Twitter - Tweet about it! You (and your organization) can tweet the following: “Join me (or us) to support the @DCArtsup campaign to increase arts in #dcfy13:” 

Post about it on facebook, your  website or blog! 
You (and your organization) can post: "Join me (or us) in supporting @DCAdvocatesfortheArts in the campaign to increase arts funding. Go to to learn more and like @DCAdvcoatesfortheArts to stay updated!"

DC Advocates for the Arts has organized this campaign, in collaboration with the Arts Advocacy Day Partner Group, including: the DC Film Alliance, the Humanities Council of Washington DC,Grasshop, Busboys and Poets, Institute for Policy Studies, Warehouse DC, Split This Rock,Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, the Smith Center for the Healing Arts, the Washington Bach Consort, the Arts Club of Washington, the Pinkline Project, the Sunlight Foundation, Critical Exposure, Dupont Underground, and Project Create.

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