Mayor Nutter's proposed FY2016 budget cuts funding for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund back to its pre-FY2015 level of only $1.84 million. This represents an almost 40% decrease from the Cultural Fund's current budget of $3.14 million, which arts & culture advocates successfully advocated for in 2014.
This affects arts & culture organizations in every neighborhood in the City! Since restoring the Cultural Fund's budget in 2015, the Cultural Fund has been able to give out larger grants and to reinstate the Youth Arts Enrichment grants, which provide project support for arts education programs serving K-12 students in the Philadelphia School District.
On Tuesday, April 7, GroundSwell will host the 2nd Annual Philadelphia Arts Advocacy Day and we need your support in asking City Council to make sure this drastic cut does not make the final budget! Here are two ways you can get involved:
Contact your City Council Member and tell them to #SavePHILArts! Click here for a pre-written message, which you can customize with your own thoughts on how arts & culture impacts Philadelphia neighborhoods and residents.
Don't live in Philadelphia? Send your own email to Council President Clarke at firstname.lastname@example.org and let him know the arts are what bring you (and your dollars!) into the city.
ON APRIL 7, PHILADELPHIA ARTS ADVOCACY DAY:
Use #SavePHLArts to tweet messages of support and let City Council (@PHLCouncil) and Council President Clarke (@Darrell_Clarke) know why arts & culture is important for Philadelphia! Let's flood Twitter with arts advocacy messages on April 7 and make #SavePHLArts trend!
Check out the GroundSwell blog for more information and sample #SavePHLArts tweets you can use. We'll keep you posted on Philadelphia Arts Advocacy Day activities and updates on the budget process.