i received the following notice from our MAEA regional
representative.Šinteresting facts on economic impact of arts for anyone
looking for info on arts advocacy at the end of the political story
linda in michigan
LEGISLATIVE LEADERS PROPOSE CUTTING ARTS GRANTS BY 50%
IMMEDIATE RESPONSE NEEDED BY ARTS SUPPORTERS
Senate Majority Leader Dan DeGrow (R-Port Huron) and House Speaker Rick
Johnson (R-LeRoy) have issued a series of proposed program cuts to balance
the 2002-2003 state budget, which includes cutting the Arts and Culture
Grants by 50%, from $23.5 million to $11.9 million.
Governor Engler has not given a position on these proposed cuts. The House
Democratic Caucus strongly opposes the DeGrow-Johnson proposals, instead
proposing a 5% across-the-board cut, merging state departments and cutting
administrative overhead. However, proposals by the majority party leaders
carry great weight in the legislature and must be taken seriously.
Senator DeGrow and Speaker Johnson stated that "We made these cuts with a
sincere effort to cause the least amount of pain to the least amount of
Our personal and collective duty as arts supporters is to let our elected
officials know the importance and impact of the arts in Michigan. Some key
facts are listed below.
Call your State Senator and/or State Representative immediately and let them
know that the arts are willing to take their fair share of budget cuts, but
that a 50% cut in Arts and Cultural Grants is counter-productive to
stimulating Michigan1s economy and attracting new/expanded businesses.
Senator DeGrow1s Lansing telephone number is 517.373.7708, Speaker Johnson1s
number is 517.373.1747.
Support for the Arts and Culture is Good for Michigan!
· A 2001 report by Wayne State University states that arts account for
6.5% of Michigan1s total economic industry, more than the construction
· Michigan1s creative arts industry generates $4.4 billion
annually in economic activity.
· The arts support over 40,000 jobs
with an annual payroll of just over $1 billion.
· Michigan is home to
over 3,000 arts and cultural organizations.
· Every dollar the state
spends for arts is matched dollar-for-dollar by local funding, and every
state dollar for the arts generates a return of ten dollars.
· A study
by the National Endowment for the Arts shows that spending on performing
arts events was roughly 1.6 times greater than spending on either admissions
to movies or spectator sporting events.
· The Travel Industry
Association of America reports that two-thirds of American adult travelers
include a cultural, arts, heritage, or historic activity or event while on a
trip of 50 miles or more from home
· A KPMG survey showed that quality
of life ranked second amongst of private sector employees in importance in
deciding where to look for a job (after salary but ahead of fringe benefits)
arts and culture are a significant part of quality of life in our state.
· There are numerous academically accepted studies that show that
exposure to arts education has a direct positive impact on higher test
scores, better overall grades, increasing spatial reasoning and verbal
skills and reducing drop-out rates the impact of arts education is even
greater with at-risk youth.
CONTACT YOUR STATE LEGISLATOR AND TELL THEM THAT A 50% CUT IN THE ARTS AND
CULTURAL GRANTS WOULD BE COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE TO MICHIGAN1S ECONOMY AND K-12
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