There’s a petition up at Change.org that should be of concern to anyone who cares at all about the arts and/or the financial health of DC. The petition urges Mayor Gray to increase funding for the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities. Funding for the Commission has been cut 69.88% from FY 09 to FY 12. That means that in three years the Commission has gone from getting $13,018,000 in local funds to on $3,920,000 in 2012.
In addition to depriving DC children and adults of opportunities to learn, participate in, and experience the arts, these cuts are bad for the DC government’s bottom line. Investing in the arts is good business for any city, and Washington is no exception.
Funding for the arts is 0.034% of the total DC budget for Fiscal Year 2012. Yet every year the arts pump more than $700 million into our city’s economy on top of almost $100 million in direct tax revenue. The amount of funding that goes to the budget of the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities generates the highest return on investment of any portion of the District’s Development budget.
Please take a look at this petition, sign it, and urge others to do so too. (Change.org makes it easy for you to share the petition on your Facebook page and with your contacts.) Thanks very much.
You’ll find the petition here: http://tinyurl.com/7e7g7s3