Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Arts Supporter Call To Action from GPAC

From GPAC, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council ( I'm a member there)

The Pennsylvania State Budget

Contact Your Legislator Today!

Dear Arts Advocate,

PA Representative Mark Cohen will introduce Amendment 11215 to House Bill 2380, otherwise known as the Budget Bill, to increase the appropriation for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grants to arts organizations by an additional $1.5 million. This supplementary increase, added to the increase already requested by Governor Edward G. Rendell in February, will raise the state appropriation for Grants-to-the-Arts to $17.225 million. This funding level will provide much-needed additional resources next year as the PCA works to serve the people of Pennsylvania through support for nonprofit arts organizations, arts programs, and artists; arts in education; and continuing investments in partnerships and initiatives. In 2007, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council administered $283,931 of PCA funding through the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts to 81 artists and arts organizations in Allegheny County.

We need your help now. Please take a few minutes to contact your legislator, at the district office or in Harrisburg. Let him/her know that you support this increase and would like them to vote for a budget that includes Rep. Cohen's amendment. You can access your legislator's contact information by visiting the Legislative Action Center. Also, take a few more minutes to forward this e-mail to friends, family and board members asking them to also contact their legislators on this important issue. To help us keep track of support, please let me know what your legislator's response was to your request. Send their responses to ddupay@pittsburghartscouncil.org.

We are under a time crunch...please contact your legislator TODAY and ask him/her to support Amendment 11215 to House Bill 2380. Thank you for your help. Remember, every voice counts!

Here is sample text for you to take and make your own.

Subject: Support Amendment 11215 to House Bill 2380

Dear [Your legislator's name here],
When PA Representative Mark Cohen introduces Amendment 11215 to House Bill 2380, he will propose an increase in the appropriation for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grants to arts organizations by an additional $1.5 million. This supplementary increase, added to the increase already requested by Governor Edward G. Rendell in February, will raise the state appropriation for Grants-to-the-Arts to $17.225 million. This funding level will provide much-needed additional resources next year as the PCA works to serve the people of Pennsylvania through support for nonprofit arts organizations, arts programs, and artists; arts in education; and continuing investments in partnerships and initiatives.I urge you to support this amendment. This increase in the agency's grants for the arts will enable the PCA to broaden the availability of the arts in Southwestern Pennsylvania as well as to support the arts and culture sector in a meaningful way. PCA dollars help sustain our region's cultural assets and keep our region competitive in attracting residents, businesses, and tourists. Thank you for considering this request to support increased funding for the PCA.
Sincerely,[Your name here.]



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