From our friends at Arts NC:
The NC Senateâ€™s budget proposal, released on June 22nd, not only offered an inadequate funding increase for NC Arts Council grants (Year One Increase: $0, Year Two: $500k), but the Senate also allocated almost all $5.5 billion of the Stateâ€™s American Rescue Plan (ARP) Fiscal Recovery Fund and included ABSOLUTELY NO RECOVERY FUNDING FOR THE ARTS.
The arts industry has never struggled more, and even though venues are now reopening, studies show it will take the arts three to five years to fully recover. That is why the Arts need a minimum $20 MILLION allocation to nonprofit arts organizations in all 100 counties through the NC Arts Council to fortify existing grant programs and to provide reopening/recovery funds to RESTART THE ARTS from the Stateâ€™s General Fund and/or ARP Fiscal Recovery Funds to ensure that our creative economy can recover and thrive.
NOW IS THE TIME TO:
- Ask your NC House Rep to support $20 million in grants for the arts.
- Ask Governor Cooper to work for his proposed $20 million in grants for the arts.
- Tell you NC Senator the current proposal fell short and to support $20 million for the arts.
Take 2 minutes to email your NC House Representative, NC Senator, and Governor Cooper to tell them that the ARTS DESPERATELY NEED $20M IN RECOVERY FUNDS. You can add your personal story, information, and comments to the email, but you need to write today. The NC Senate has put both the State Budget and ARP Fiscal Recovery Funds in play at the same time. WE NEED TO ACT NOW, OR THE ARTS WILL GET NOTHING!