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Virginia Commission for the Arts needs your help!

February 22, 2010

Urgent! Contact your house of delegates representatives! The House budget plan released by the House Appropriations Committee on Sunday calls for reducing arts grants through the Virginia Commission for the Arts by 50 percent during FY11 and eliminating the Commission altogether at the end of FY12.

An attempt to abolish the Commission in the early 1990s was rejected by the General Assembly and led to the creation of Virginians for the Arts to serve as a permanent advocacy force. This recommendation by the House committee represents a regrettable step backwards to 1990.

It is critical that arts advocates contact House members and ask them to oppose this recommendation on the floor of the House in the budget debate, which will be held on Thursday, February 25.

Please contact our representatives in the General Assembly, both Delegates and Senators. A list with contact information can be found at http://legis.virginia.gov/1_cit_guide/contacting_my.html

Also, you can find talking points from the Virginians for the Arts about this issue at http://capwiz.com/artsusa/va/issues/alert/?alertid=14714936&PROCESS=Read+More