Gov. Rick Perry is proposing the elimination of funds for the Texas Commission on the Arts and The Texas Historical Commission among other agencies.
We the people, feel that this is a short-sighted proposition and would be a devasting blow to the future of Texas.
The Texas Commission on the Arts and the Texas Historical Commission feed the heart, soul and imagination of children and adults alike. They help us preserve our past and create a brighter tomorrow.
Please sign the below and let Gov. Rick Perry and The State Senators know that we disagree vehemently with the proposed elimination of funding for the TCA and The Texas Historical Commission.
In your recent State of the State Address, you proposed eliminating funding for the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Texas Historical Commission programs. We the people believe that maintaining the funding for these programs is invaluable to the future of Texas and Texans.
By eliminating these funds, you eliminate The Texas Main Street Program, part of the Texas Historical Commission's Community Heritage Development Division, which helps Texas cities revitalize their historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts through preservation and economic development strategies.
In addition, The Texas Commission on the Arts promotes the arts in order to attract tourists interested in experiencing Texas’ arts and culture and build audiences for Texas-based arts organizations and events. It conducts a variety of activities intended to increase visibility of the arts in Texas and provide constituents with new opportunities to better market their work to the public.
TCA’s programs provide increased learning opportunities for Texans. TCA also provides opportunities for participation in the arts at local, state, regional, and national levels.
And these are only a few of the programs that are at risk.
As you know, Texas has always enjoyed a rich culture and a storied past. But without these vital programs, we risk the ability to pass our arts and history to future generations. Therefore, we strongly urge you to rethink your position on funding the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Texas Historical Commission.