Monday, May 24, 2010

Protect the Arts in New York State

Like just about everything else, from state parks to the New York Subway, the arts in New York state is facing the prospect of drastic funding cuts. In particular, The New York State Council on the Arts is in danger of losing 40% of its funding. This would affect all branches of the arts and arts education state-wide.

I received this e-mail today from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA):


We have written to you previously about the Governor’s plan to cut the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) budget by 40% and we want to thank all of you who have written to and called your legislators. NYSCA is the glue which holds the state’s rich cultural community together and such a cut would be devastating. It would be devastating for NYFA and for museums, theatre and dance companies, film and literary festivals, after-school and education programs and other cultural initiatives and institutions throughout the state. The email below outlines a number of actions you can take not only as an artist, but as a taxpayer.

NYFA is here to help. It you can make it to our office at 20 Jay Street in DUMBO Brooklyn, we have postcards available and you can stop by, fill them out, and we will take care of the rest. Wherever you live, we can also help you find the information for your local officials, simply email your zip code to us at and we
will get you the information. Then you can just print and mail the postcards below. We will be posting the Save the Arts logo on our Facebook page and urge you and your Facebook friends to do the same.

Hopefully, by working together, we can make out voices heard. Thank you and thanks also to Judy Weiner and NYS Arts for providing the vital tools below.

Michael Royce
Executive Director
New York Foundation for the Arts

For info on how you can help visit the NYS Arts website.

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