I just received the following Call to Action from ARTS North Carolina.Â Please, Network members, take a few minutes to read and heed their call.Â The staff of the North Carolina Arts Council has made heroic efforts on behalf of our state’s artists and arts community, and now they need our help.Â Tell these legislators and your own that arts are essential to North Carolina and North Carolinians.
NC Arts Council slated for cuts – immediate action required!
We believe that substantial cuts to the North Carolina Arts Council are being considered in the House budget deliberations, including the reduction of 6 positions at the NorthÂ Carolina Arts Council.Â While no formal vote has been taken, it is imperative that we speak for the arts before votes are taken.Â
Please act no later than 5pm, Monday, May 14.
EveryoneÂ should respond by e-mail or phone (leave a message) to the seven Legislators named below
Your message should be:Â
The North Carolina Arts Council has previously suffered a 15% cut in personnel and grants.Â Any further reductionsÂ in the 2012-13 budgetÂ would beÂ disproportionate and unacceptable.Â Â Cuts to the North Carolina Arts CouncilÂ impact every county andÂ strike at the heart of arts driven economic development.
This is all you need to say, but you need to say it.Â
Â Take Action Now!Â
A ground swell of communication is absolutely critical if we are to ensure sustained funding and operations of the North Carolina Arts Council.
Representative Thom Tillis
Speaker, House of Representatives
Representative Harold Brubaker
Representative Linda Johnson
Representative Nelson Dollar
Representative Jim Crawford
Representative Mitch Gillespie
Representative George Cleveland
Thank you for your time and commitment