Illinois is trying to cut arts funding by 75% – act now to prevent this from happening!!

Hey gang – I just received this very urgent e-mail:

 

State funding for the Illinois Arts Council will drop to $6.4 million, an unconscionable 75 percent cut from FY2009, unless the General Assembly acts to pass a responsible budget.  Per capita state spending for the arts in Illinois will plummet from approximately $1.17 per person to a near national low of $.49 per capita.
We must act now to send a powerful message to our elected officials and legislative leaders. There is less than a month before the new fiscal year begins and these devastating cuts take effect.  Here’s what we need you to do:

  • Thank legislators who showed leadership by supporting full funding for the arts and encourage them to work with their colleagues to pass a responsible budget
  • Urge other lawmakers to step up and negotiate a comprehensive, responsible budget that protects our investment in the arts

We’ve made it easy for you to take action.  Just enter your address and the appropriate message will appear.  Thoughtful, customized communications are more effective than form emails and petitions.  Please take a moment to personalize your message by sharing what the arts mean to you and your community.
When the legislative session came to a close on May 31, lawmakers failed to pass a responsible budget that addresses Illinois’ multibillion dollar deficit.  Instead they passed a bare bones budget that makes catastrophic cuts to the arts as well as K-12 and higher education, childcare, college scholarships, health care, public safety, transportation, and local government.
This "doomsday" scenario would decimate the arts infrastructure in Illinois and put artists and cultural organizations at extreme risk.
Act now and urge your elected officials to protect the arts by passing a responsible state budget.

Many thanks for all you do,
Ra Joy's Signature
Ra Joy
Executive Director
Illinois Arts Alliance
P.S.  Please forward this action alert to other arts professionals and supporters in Illinois.

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