Fulton County Budget Vote TOMORROW October 1.
The Fulton County Board of Commissioners votes tomorrow on a proposal to cut the Arts & Culture budget from $1.5 million to $750,000. Reductions to the 2014 budget of the Department of Arts & Culture will jeopardize the existence of arts services, classes, camps, performances, and exhibitions offered by dozens of large and small Fulton County arts institutions, including Horizon Theatre Company.
Over the past year, the arts community, along with our patrons, board members, and business partners, has come together to advocate for the arts in Fulton County and Atlanta. Our collective voice has made an impact, but we cannot stop our efforts now. We need YOU. Judy Mauldin, Chair of Fulton County Arts Council, sent a letter this week urging every arts supporter to join us in Assembly Hall for the public comment section of the meeting. The meeting starts at 10 AM at 141 Pryor St SW, Atlanta, GA 30303, and we must fill the hall.
"The arts are the engine that drives the Georgia economy and makes it a great place to live and work. We must be mindful to speak in a collective voice as advocates for the arts" (Mauldin). Arts and culture are an important part of the quality of life and economy for those of us who live, work and play in Fulton County. The rewards are visible through the hundreds of thousands of children, families and citizens whose lives have been touched, enhanced or genuinely changed by the art these funds have made possible. Let’s remind them of that impact—THEIR impact.
The dollars allocated to arts and culture institutions by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners are injected ten-fold right back into the local economy through job creation, sales tax, crime prevention, education and quality of life. A global city deserves a world-class creative economy and the arts mean business!
- In 2011, Fulton County distributed $1.5 million among 92 arts organizations. We took the $1.5 million and invested $365 million right back into Fulton County.
- From 2007 to 2013, Fulton County has cut grants to arts and culture organizations by 46%.
- Arts and culture organizations in metro Atlanta employ more than 24,000 people.
- The average person spends $27 in the community outside the cost of the ticket when s/he attends an arts event in Fulton County. That is $27 spent at a local restaurant, bar, boutique, gas station, etc. The arts bring business to our neighborhoods. If we close our doors, it hurts our community.
Visit Horizon's Arts Advocacy page on our website for additional information.