The Art Gardner

A Job Well Done

It’s been a busy week. Today, I finished up day two of volunteering for the Fulton County Arts Council as a review panelist. It was an intense and unique experience. I learned so much, met a great group of fellow arts advocates, and was introduced to a number of arts organizations that are doing amazing work in Fulton county. Hopefully the funding can help many of them continue with their missions and programs for 2010-2011.

Arts advocacy and mobilization have also apparently saved the Georgia Council for the Arts. The Georgia Senate Appropriations Committee has voted to give them back their funding. I believe once it passes the full vote of the Senate, the organization will officially be “back in business.” It is a bittersweet victory as the allocated $890,735 is an 88% decrease from 2008. Still these small triumphs speak to the resourcefulness and passion of people who understand the cultural and economic importance of the arts.

I meant to post this days ago, but The Art Gardner has been “in the weeds” (crikey, I am lame). Anyway, Daniel Summers, Marketing Director at the Center for Puppetry Arts and fellow Guilford College alum (Go Fighting Quakers!), wrote a first-hand account of the Georgia Arts March that took place April 19th. To the hundreds that marched that day and the thousands that have been calling and writing their legislators–I say that’s a job well done.


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