Advocating for the Arts in DC’s FY2013 Budget

It’s that time of year again with music/theater/arts advocacy days/months upon us (see my posting last March about that). As I wrote then and many times before in this blog, one should be advocating for the arts year-round.

photo of calculatorNonetheless, with the current planning of DC’s FY2013 budget, it is important to advocate for funding for the arts now. As it does every year, DC Advocates for the Arts is organizing arts advocacy activities that include supporting funding for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.  

DC Advocates for the Arts writes that:

“Local arts support from the District has been cut 69.88% from FY 09 to FY 12. In 2009, the DC Commission received $13,018,000 in local funds, and in 2012, $3,920,000. As a percentage of the FY 12 budget, this year’s funding for the arts is less than one half of one percent — 0.034% — of the DC budget. This is unacceptable. We urge policymakers to increase the FY 13 budget for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities to $10,000,000.”

DC Advocates for the Arts lists five ways you can help support arts funding in the District of Columbia, including:

  • Sign a petition here urging DC Mayor Vincent Gray to increase the funding of the DCCAH to $10 million.
  • Register here to participate in DC Arts Advocacy Day on Wednesday, March 14 as well as advocacy day training sessions on Wednesday, March 7 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am or 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

photo credit: 401K on flickr

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