Jindal Becomes the Gray Ghost of Arts Funding

Mar 26, 2009 by

Once again we find the Arts under fire. Maybe Jindal has them confused with the sciences? Whatever the case may be we are now facing massive cuts to arts funding in this state. When I say massive what I really mean is pretty much eradicating funding almost completely.

The arts are central to our culture here in New Orleans, and we need to let PBJ know how we feel. The missive I’m reposting below is a call to action that I feel needs to be shared. Pass it along, and please take action.

Can we let Jindal be the Fred Radtke of Arts Funding? I hope not!

-Loki, Founder and Curator of HumidCity

The Decentralized Arts Funding Program (DAF) grants dollars have basically been zeroed out by the Governor along with a significant cut in Statewide Arts Grants (SAG).

The House Appropriations Committee will be meeting next week and we need to deluge them with emails, faxes and phone calls urging them to reinstate the grants dollars. Please go to the Louisiana Partnership for the Arts website, www.lparts.org type in your zip code in the “Write Your Legislator” box at the lower left hand corner.  You will see the following alert:

State of Louisiana Alert! Urge House Appropriations Committee to Reinstate DAF and Statewide Arts Grants Funding

Click on Take Action, read the Alert, then scroll down to Compose Message where you will see the brief letter that we have composed to be sent to each member of the Appropriations Committee.  It is perfectly acceptable and I would urge you to add a brief paragraph of your own at the bottom of the message telling the legislators the potentially negative effects of the cut on your organizations – loss of programming, staff, arts in education programming, etc.  We need to HIT HOME that this 83% cut of DAF and the 31% cut in SAF will devastate the cultural economy in Louisiana which is the number 2 industry in the state.

Once you have “TAKEN ACTION,” please pass this email on to your board members, friends and membership.  Through our grassroots efforts, we were able to restore the arts funding back in 1994 when we faced a similar situation.  WE CAN DO IT AGAIN NOW.  We just need your help to get our message out so every member of Appropriations will receive thousands of emails!

Thank you for your support.

Tommy Usrey
Vice-Chairman, Advocacy
Louisiana Partnership for Arts Advocacy

Susan Brunner
Louisiana Partnership for the Arts/Louisiana Partnership for Arts Advocacy

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