If it is not federal, it’s state: PA House Budget Threatens Arts & Culture!May 12th, 2011 | By Steven Weisz | Category: Action & Advocacy
May 10, 2011 – PA House Appropriations Committee passed an amendment to the budget bill (HB 1485) that included a cut of over 70% to the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) line items. Grants to arts organizations were slashed to $2.5 million and the PCA administration line items was reduced to $500,000. The bill will now go to the full House of Representatives for consideration on May 23.
These grants fund programs that impact individuals and communities, including art and music classes for school students, art therapy classes that help seniors fight the onset of Alzheimer’s, and outreach programs that rehabilitate and give troubled youth a second chance.
In FY2010, the Commonwealth’s funding for the arts through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts totalled just under $8.5 million. This modest commitment helps support a non-profit cultural sector that generates almost $2 billion in economic impact across the state, including support for over 62,000 direct and indirect full-time equivalent jobs. Spending by non-profit arts and cultural organizations and their audiences generates nearly $130 million in tax revenues for local governments and over $150 million in state taxes.
Next week, legislators are in their district offices. Please call your legislators (both your House members as well as your state senator) before May 23 and ask for the following:
Restoration of the line items for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to the levels recommended by Governor Corbett is his budget.
- Governor Corbett recommended $8.262 million for arts grants as well as $895,000 for administration of the PCA.
- The nonprofit arts industry in PA supports 62,000 full-time equavilent jobs annually which would be severely reduced by the proposed cut to arts grants.
- PA nonprofit arts organizations generate almost $2 billion in economic activity each year.
Contact information can be found at
http://capwiz.com/artsusa/pa by entering your zipcode in the box at the top of the page. You can also contact Citizens for the Arts for assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-234-0959.
It is important the members of the General Assembly hear from you before May 23.