Taken from Arts for LA website:
Join Arts for LA at the Los Angeles City Council meeting TODAY to give public testimony regarding the value of the Department of Cultural Affairs.
The City of Los Angeles Budget and Finance Committee has put forward a motion to eliminate the Department of Cultural Affairs’ dedicated source of revenue. The arts in Los Angeles are a 14.8 billion dollar industry. For every dollar spent by the Department of Cultural Affairs, eight dollars are generated directly in jobs for artists and businesses. This doesn’t even take into account the value of the arts to society overall. Discussion of the motion will occur between 9a.m. and 1p.m. (agenda will be announced on Monday, 2/1/10) at City Hall.
Our goal is to remind the City Council that the arts:
* Make money
* Attract tourists
* Attract businesses
* … And that arts, like parks, are for everyone
This motion will go before Council for a vote this TODAY. Show the City Council the power of the arts community by attending the council meeting. We need to remind Council of just how important the arts are to Los Angeles.
This would be a serious detriment to the development and nourishment of the arts and culture in Los Angeles! Even if you can’t attend the council meeting tonight, spread the word!