Sunday, July 12, 2009
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.
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.
Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance Bus Trip at http://savetheartspabus.
eventbrite.com/Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Bus Trip at http://www.proartstickets.org/ events/view/369ArtsQuest 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 .
- Contact your legislators' offices tomorrow to schedule a visit while you are in Harrisburg. You can find phone numbers for their Capitol offices on the General Assembly website. If you can't schedule with the legislator, ask to talk to a staff member in charge of budget related issues.
- Call your legislators and invite them to attend the rally. Tell them how many people you are bringing to Harrisburg and suggest they come to the Main Rotunda to have their photo taken with your group.
- Wear red or black (to indicate being in the red or in the black)
- Bring signs identifying your geographic location as well as your organization.
- Wear comfortable shoes. The Capitol floor, while beautiful, is not conducive for standing long periods of time.