Help Protect TAP's and Arlington County's Arts Funding!!

Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan released her draft budget for Fiscal Year 2015 and the news is not good for Arlington Arts groups. As most of you know, over the last three budget cycles, a total of $80,000 has been deducted for the Arts Grants budgets, or a more than 26% decrease.

Making the situation even more challenging is the fact that several new and returning arts groups have applied and are eligible for funding. This could translate into a further 25% cut in all grant awards for all arts groups.

But this is NOT A DONE DEAL until the County Board formally approves this budget, and WE ARE COUNTING ON YOUR HELP to prevent these cuts from Arlignton County's Arts Programs! 

EMAIL THE COUNTY BOARD at countyboard@arlingtonva.us ;  Please also send a copy to the Arlington Commission for the Arts Chair at janetk@eyeonwashington.com ; Letters should be sent by April 1, 2014 at the latest, and include your contact information and the arts organizations you supoport (such as The Arlington Players!) 

Here is a list of key points you might want to include in your emails:
● The proposed continued cut to the art grants budget will not only adversely impact the number and quality of cultural and theatrical performances in Arlington, but also our overall local economy.
● The Arlington arts industry employs over 2,500 full time equivalent citizens and generates $3.9 million in annual local government revenue.
● The Arlington Players is one of the few community theatres in the area that is still striving to produce theatre in the grand style.  
● The Arlington Players has been a valued part of the Arlington County community engaging our volunteers, audiences, schools and local merchants in artistic, educational and promotional opportunities since 1951.  These programs have already suffered in recent years because of funding cuts. 
● We ask that the County Board restore the funding for the Arlington Arts Grant program back to the 2010 level of $279,000.

Also, consider attending the Public Budget Hearing on March 25th starting at 7:00 pm in the County Board Room 307, 2100 Clarendon Boulevard. The Arts Commission will be distributing stickers to all arts supporters to wear and show support for the arts. You do not necessarily have to speak at this hearing, but having an audience full of arts supporters all wearing our sticker will clearly show how much support there is for the arts in Arlington. If you are interested in providing public testimony (which would be great!) on March 25th, please be sure to sign up in advance on the County’s website at http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/CountyBoard/meetings/SpeakersSlipPublicComment.pdf.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!


 
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