Tuesday, August 05, 2008
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It is time to speak up. Get your voice heard now and head over the following site and vote. To do so, simply leave a comment on the site along with your name. This grassroots site, Save Indy Arts, is looking to gather a considerable number of Indianapolis residents vote via a petition to be submitted to the City County Councilors and to Mayor Ballard. Their budget hearing is coming soon, August 11th, so please direct all your friends and family to this site and show your support for arts funding.
From Save Indy Arts:
I feel so strongly about this issue that I’m stepping outside of my comfort zone and taking a stand. I have created a blog, Save Indy Arts and want to see if I can garner 1,000 positive responses in support of the arts by the Aug. 11 budget hearings. 1,000 virtual signatures is 1% of the Greater Indianapolis population – the same percentage as what Indy currently dedicates to the arts. Here is the link. Let me know what you think – and if you are open to lending your support and your name to save Indy arts.
While the sites math may be off or simply a typo, it is important to get everyone who supports the arts and arts funding to go and sign their petition, vote. If the goal is 1%, we should strive for a minimum of 10,000 votes. Visiting the site and virtually signing the petition takes no more than 2 minutes time. Do not hesitate and send people to the site before August 11th.
An aside rant:
With their current plan, as I understand it, to phase out all arts funding within three years time is simply dreadful. Especially when you consider that would coincide with our, oh so important, Super Bowl. If this is what the local government wants, and it indeed plays out that way, then perhaps we need to make our presence (or rather our absence) known. If all funding to the arts is cut, I then call for all the arts organizations and those other industries that support the arts, to make their absence known. The week of the Super Bowl, go on lock down. Lock your venues up tight, the whole week long. No galleries, museums, music venues, theaters, etc. That means you too, marching bands. Sophomoric? Perhaps, but we need to make our voice heard. I imagine the city will be spending a good chunk of our money for this one day sporting event, we deserve our arts funding in exchange.