|ADVOCACY ACTION ALERT|
ATLANTA OFFICE OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS BUDGET CUTS!
|Every Great City Supports Great Arts! Don't Cut Arts Funding in Atlanta!|
|Friends, we need your help to avoid funding cuts to the Office of Cultural Affairs Contract for Services program!
The City of Atlanta is in the process of finalizing its operations budget for Fiscal Year 2012. Currently the Contract for Arts Service program funding has been reduced by 50% for Fiscal Year 2012.
Contract for Service dollars to arts groups and working artists continue to dwindle from year to year: In 2008, funding was $600K; In 2009 $470K-and now, the proposed cuts for 2012 would leave arts funding at $235K-a 60% reduction from 2008!
Mayor Reed stated in his 2010 Cultural Platform: "Atlanta, if it is to become the world-class city we all hope it will be, must invest more heavily in arts and cultural attractions... I believe that $10 million is the minimum annual commitment we should be making, and I would absolutely support it."
Take Action Now:
1. Email City Council Members (see instructions below)
2. Attend Public Hearings
Attend Public HearingsA Public Hearing will be held on the following dates at Atlanta City Hall:
Location: Atlanta City Hall
- Thursday, May 12 at 6pm - City Council Budget Hearing - Council Chambers
55 Trinity Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30303
Directions: Click Here for Directions
Your support for the Office of Cultural Affairs and in particular the Contracts for Arts Service Program is strongly encouraged.
Email City Council Members
Message: Please do not reduce funding to the Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs grants budget! According to the most recent economic impact study of the arts in the City of Atlanta, nonprofit arts groups generate $274.8 million in local economic activity, including $27.07 million in local and state government revenue, and support 8,211 full time jobs. The arts in Atlanta are good for our economy. Maintain the current funding level of $470,000
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You can email Council Members with your individual message of support at the following email addresses or call their offices at the numbers listed:
City Council President: Ceasar C. Mitchell
District 1 Representative: Carla Smith
District 2 Representative: Kwanza Hall
District 3 Representative: Ivory Lee Young
District 4 Representative: Clera Winslow
District 5 Representative: Natalyn Archibong
District 6 Representative: Alex Wan
District 7 Representative: Howard Schook
District 8 Representative: Yolanda Adrean
District 9 Representative: Felicia Moore
District 10 Representative: C.T. Martin
District 11 Representative: Keisha Bottoms
District 12 Representative: Joyce Sheperd
At Large Representative 1: Michael Julien Bond
At Large Representative 2: Aaron Watson
At Large Representative 3: H. Lamar Willis