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When times are tough and governments start cutting their budgets, arts programs are often the first to feel the pain. Case in point, Arlington County is planning on cutting arts grants by 36% next year, an equivalent of $100,000, while DC is proposing a 10% or $1 million cut (PDF) to its operating budget. As a patron of the arts, this isn’t something I like to hear about, but understand that other spending generally takes precedence over the arts. Susan Kalish of Arlington County’s parks and recreation department says, “Arts or cops? The county’s got to make a tough decision.”
My hope is that as the economy improves in the years to come, arts funding will go back up. If you’d like to speak your mind about the arts budget cuts in DC, stop by to testify at the budget hearing for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities on April 27th at 10AM.
courtesy of ‘Karon’
Ever been bitten by the art bug? Need a way to scratch that itch? The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is starting a new one hour television show called Art(202) and they need your help!
Aid in the effort of DC arts promotion by submitting a video feature idea to the commission for airtime. What are they looking for? Info-mercials about your respective arts organizations, artistic interpretations of any of your work, documentaries, animations, music videos, slides of visual art, and anything else your creative brain can throw together.
All you have to do is make sure your content is 100% DC related.
If you plan on submitting an idea for a feature to run on Art(202) there are a few guidelines you’re going to have to follow. They include: making sure your video is between 30 seconds to 5 minutes long, is burned to a data DVD with either a quick time or .mov, a link for online screening purposes (if available), all the contact information of the producer & organization being promoted, and a video release form.
Art(202) will be airing on Friday nights at 9 p.m. and Saturday nights at 11 p.m. on the Mayor’s Network (Channel 16).
‘DC Flag on Bus Stop Crop’
courtesy of ‘Mr. T in DC’
Have deep thoughts about the state of the arts scene in DC? Well, tonight is your chance to make your opinion known at the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities public input session. They’ll be sharing what they’ve done and asking for your thoughts about support of artists and arts organizations, art education, and arts advocacy before they craft their next strategic plan.
The session will be from 6:30-8:30 pm at 1371 Harvard St, NW in the basement level Pepco meeting room.