Tuesday’s reveal of Governor’s Carcieri’s budget was a wake up call to the creative community. His near elimination of the state’s investment in the arts and creative sector would be devastating not only to the many who will lose their jobs in this sector, but also the many who benefit from the creative sector’s ripple effect. Many of you responded to our call to join us – thank you!
We released our response to the Governor’s cuts to the arts in a press release following the Governor’s announcement. See here for community reaction. Since, we’ve been talking with reporters, talking with legislators, and hearing from you.
Onto the Assembly…
In the next couple of months, the Governor’s budget will go through the Assembly process. Both House and Senate Finance Committees will hold hearings reviewing every aspect of the budget – including the arts funding and related programs.
Here’s where you come in: Join us in taking part and taking action! With you, we’ll organize our community, get clear on our speaking points and meet with our legislators. We’ll gear up for Arts Advocacy Day. And we’ll bring the message to the Assembly that these cuts can’t stand in the final budget. See below and SIGN UP!
1. Attend an advocacy training! Join us in Pawtucket or Newport for a 3-hour advocacy training, facilitated by our consultant, Lori Fresina of M+R Strategic Services. At these sessions, you’ll learn the tools and tactics we will use to fight these cuts.
Monday, February 15
9 am – Noon
Hope Artiste Village
1005 Main Street, Pawtucket
Friday, March 5
2:00 – 5:00 pm
2. Sign Up to meet with your legislator! In person meetings will be the most effective – we want to be sure they take the time to absorb our arguments, and learn from you as their constituent on the importance of the creative sector to Rhode Island’s economy, future and magnetism – an asset not many other state’s can claim. Let us know if you are willing to make the call and schedule the meeting on your sign up. We’ll group you with others in your area and help you coordinate.
SAVE THE DATE:
Arts Advocacy Day at the State House
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
2:00 – 6:00 pm
Governor’s State Room
Join us for a citizen lobby day at the State House! We’ll continue our talks with legislators and raise the voice of the creative sector in the halls and walls of our house of governance!
Details to Follow.
Rhode Island Citizens for the Arts (RI CFA) is a statewide arts advocacy organization, driven by membership. We are a nonpartisan group lobbying for and organizing the voice for the arts and creative sector in RI. Join the effort and Become a Member!