Tuesday, February 2, 2010

We're in trouble now!!

TOMORROW: On Wednesday, February 3rd, L.A. City Council's Budget & Finance Committee will put forward a motion to dissolve Cultural Affairs. Click here to view the agenda packet.

Dear people who care about access to art programs in Los Angeles,
As you may already know, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs is being threatened with catastrophic budget and staff cuts. Staff reductions of 24-48% have been proposed, as well as the total elimination of the $2.2 million in grants that the Department awards annually. This includes grants that have been awarded for the rest of this year, which may include funding for Venice Arts, Barnsdall Art Center and Junior Art Center among numerous others. In addition, the City of Los Angeles Budget and Finance Committee has put forward a motion that could eliminate any obligation to fund the Department of Cultural Affairs at all.

I don't have to tell you about the valuable programs and organizations that will be adversely affected by this action. The arts in Los Angeles are a 14.8 billion dollar industry. For every dollar spent by the Department of Cultural Affairs, eight dollars are generated directly in jobs for artists and businesses. This doesn't even take into account the value of the arts to society overall.

What you can do:
Write your Councilperson and Mayor demanding that they fund the arts in Los Angeles. Tell them how important the organizations / classes you participate in are to you and your family. Tell them the difference it has made in your life and the lives of your children. Remind them what could happen if they were not here. Do this today.

I have included the pertinent addresses:

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
200 N. Spring St. Room 303
Los Angeles, CA 90012

mayor@lacity. org

Councilman Eric Garcetti
200 N. Spring St. Room 470
Los Angeles, CA 90012


Garcetti Field Office
5500 Hollywood Blvd. 4th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90028

councilmember. garcetti@ lacity.org

Councilman Tom LaBonge
200 N Spring St. Room 480
Los Angeles, CA 90012


LaBonge Field Office
6501 Fountain Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028

councilmember. labonge@lacity. org

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