I work in the arts. Have for all my professional life. And yes, I am a bleeding heart liberal that believes it is the state’s responsibility to help fund arts and culture. It is simply a quality of life issue that we all deserve. Indeed you will find many of us at Atlanta Skeptics either work in the arts or are active participants in arts related endeavors such as theater, museums, puppetry, etc. Why? Because arts and culture help us think, feel, and understand the world around us. We are better critical thinkers and skeptics because of it.
It has been proven that art, theater, music, and other such cultural activities are a necessary part of a persons life and help greatly with education. Apparently, however, the lawmakers in Georgia take a different stance on the importance of the arts and arts funding, a stance that I do not agree with.
The $17.8 billion budget passed by the House on Wednesday calls for the elimination of the Georgia Council for the Arts. Georgia would become the only state in the U.S. without an arts agency if that plan holds as the budget works its way through the Senate before going to Gov. Sonny Perdue.
It’s already a fact that arts funding in this state lags behind much of the country (we’re presently ranked 44th) so it is no big surprise that the whacko’s in the capitol building want to get rid of it altogether. It is a travesty, however, that should not be allowed to happen. In an economy where jobs are already hard to come by, this decision will cut many jobs that depend on Georgia Arts Council funding. How does cutting more jobs, by cutting a small part of the state budget help things? In fact it will hurt far more than it helps. I urge you, all of you who read this, to contact your state senator or representative and even the governor. Let them know how you feel. Try to do something about this.