If you value the arts, be an advocate now!

As I have mentioned before on this blog, and if you are at all paying attention to the news, you certainly know that this is a difficult year for the arts and culture community.  State, local and national budgets are low and there will be cuts.  So, all of us who care about the health of arts and culture in our community NEED to become advocates.   For more on this issue, read Byron Woods piece in the Indy, as well as the recent blog post by Karen Wells, Arts NC’s Executive Director.

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If you want to learn more about how to be an advocate, Arts NC is having a three advocacy workshops  in the Triangle.

Raleigh: Tuesday, March 8, 12 noon, United Arts, 110 South Blount Street

Durham: Monday, March 14, 11:30 a.m, Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Monday

Chapel Hill: Monday, March 28, 2 p.m, Playmakers Repertory Company, Paul Green Theater, UNC-Chapel Hill

Come to these sessions, meet like-minded people in the Triangle and learn to fight for the Arts.

A second way to join in this fight, is to come to Arts Day 2011.  Organized by Arts NC, Arts Day is a two day event.  The big event takes place on April 12, when arts supporters from across the State gather at the NC Legislature to meet with their local delegates and tell them stories about the importance of the arts in their communities.  The day before, April 11, we gather at the NC Museum of Art to hear from Arts NC  and the NC Arts Council about the “state of the arts” and our “game plan”  and strategy for the next day.  There will also be a docent led tour at NCMA and a reception at ArtSpace, so there is lots of time for networking.  Last year was my first Arts Day and I it was a fun and rewarding experience.

Supporters of the arts and culture community in the Triangle have it easy, as we are right here in the home of the NC Legislature, unlike the many other delegations that will be driving in from across the State.  So, we need to turn out in large numbers to make sure our story is heard and that our arts and culture organizations are not taken for granted or deemed a “luxury” in the 2011 budget.

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If you care about arts and culture in the Triangle, I hope you can join me at both the Arts Advocacy workshops AND Arts Day 2011.

Beth

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