• Petitioned Washington area artists, arts organizations, and audiences

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Washington area artists, arts organizations, and audiences

Ask Mayor Gray to restore funding for DC Arts & Humanities

    1. Petition by

      Linda Levy

June 2012


Dear Friends: Funding for the arts is restored! Your voice helped make a difference. The DC City Council heard us and yesterday passed the City's Budget with a $6.8 million increase in funds for the arts. The total funding for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities for FY 2013 is $14.4 million. The arts are an asset that we cannot afford to sacrifice. This vote demonstrates that the Council understands the important contribution the arts make to the District's economic vitality. And, the power of theatre-lovers and arts supporters when we are united. Please join us in thanking the DC City Council for doing the right thing. You can find contact information for your council member by going to http://www.dccouncil.washington.dc.us/council. Again, we thank you for your support. We couldn't have done it without you. Sincerely, Linda Levy Grossman President & CEO theatreWashington

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities provides essential funding to District arts organizations for programs that:
• generate significant income to the city;
• represent tens of thousands of jobs;
• provide a unique and effective conduit to learning and healthcare;
• make our city a world-class cultural arts destination;
• by their very existence, reduce crime; and
• provide a quality of life for District residents.

Funding for the DC Commission has been cut 69.88% from FY 09 to FY 12. In 2009, the Commission received $13,018,000 in local funds and $3,920,000 in 2012.

FY 12 funding for the arts is 0.034% of the total DC budget. In comparison, every year the arts pump more than $700 million into our city’s economy on top of almost $100 million in direct tax revenue. As part of the District’s Development budget, The DC Commission budget represents the highest return on investment of any portion of the Development budget.

The recent series of DC Commission budget cuts have cost the District jobs and tax revenue, as well as our ability to be competitive with other cities to attract commerce and convention traffic, let alone balance the District budget.

As a city of 600,000 residents with 15-20 million tourist visitors per year, the arts industry is a vital partner in each ward and the city’s overall economic development. Yet without sufficient arts funding, we simply will no longer be able to continue to provide these services.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Thank you so much for your support. We are up to 673 signatures!

      Linda Levy
      Petition Organizer

      Your involvement is helping to send a message to DC Mayor Vincent Gray and the DC City Council that the arts are a critical component in our community; that District is not funding the arts in a manner commensurate with its value; and that we are all joining together to ask them to restore funding to the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

      There is one more thing you can do: please send this link to your Face Book friends or any others you think agree with this cause. YOUR ACTIONS REALLY DO HAVE AN IMPACT.

      With many thanks!

    3. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Penne Nelson WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 2 years ago

      The Arts enhance life in DC for its residents, provide significant jobs and income to DC as well as being a major tourist attraction, which provides a boost to the DC economy.

    • Barbara Moore WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 2 years ago

      I think the arts are essential: to people, to cities, but particularly to capital cities. DC IS ONE, but we cannot "speak visually" if our funds for communicating the heart & soul of our identity is invisible to those who live here and who visit.

    • Alexandria Dery Snider WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 2 years ago

      We need to teach our children how to think creatively and communicate if they're going to succeed. Slashing the arts budget by 70% will not serve our students, our economy, or our community.

    • Adam Levner WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 2 years ago

      Because the arts provide an outlet for underserved youth to express themselves in positive ways and help them to become more engaged in their community,.

    • Lisette Barry WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 2 years ago

      I love DC most because of the arts and culture available.


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