Sunday, July 12, 2009

Arts Crisis in PA 

I hope that everyone has, by now, heard about the rally for the arts in Harrisburg on Tuesday, July 14. There are buses leaving from Philadelphia. The details are below. I hope that some of us will be able to make it to show our support for arts funding, but if not, please call your state reps tomorrow.

Thanks, Cathleen

The Pennsylvania House of Representative Republicans released details of their version of a budget bill on Friday which, not be be unexpected, include the ELIMINATION of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA). Tomorrow the House Democrats are planning to put SB 850, which also eliminates the PCA,up for vote in the House Appropriations Committee. Both of these bills have dire consequences for the future of the arts in Pennsylvania. We have a critical situation here that requires your input if you think arts funding is important to the Commonwealth.
We NEED YOU and YOUR FRIENDS on TUESDAY in Harrisburg ...
to join us at the Save the Arts in Pennsylvania Rally at the State Capitol. Tell your friends and family about the Arts Rally at the Capitol on Tuesday, July 14 at 11 a.m. in the Rotunda of the Main Capitol. Your presence will make a powerful statement of support for the arts. Please register for the rally at Survey Monkey . Updates for the rally, including schedule of events and speakers, may be found on Citizens for the Arts in PA Rally webpage.
Several groups around the state have arranged bus transportation to and from the rally. If you are interested in joining them at the rally, please RSVP at:
Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance Bus Trip at http://savetheartspabus.eventbrite.com/
Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Bus Trip at http://www.proartstickets.org/events/view/369
ArtsQuest Bus Trip at
Please contact at least 5 OTHER PEOPLE to get them
to send a message to their legislators by using the Citizens for the Arts website at http://capwiz.com/artsusa/pa .
Some ideas to consider for your rally visit:
Now is the time to demonstrate your support of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and state arts funding. Be in the Main Capitol Rotunda at 11 AM at the Save the Arts in PA Rally on Tuesday!

If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Hershour at jlh@citizensfortheartsinpa.org or at 717-234-0959. Please help us ensure a future for the arts in Pennsylvania

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