Friday, March 6, 2009

Arts Council of Greater Lansing Launches Regional Arts-in-Action Day

In response to the proposed cuts to state arts funding, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing is organizing a series of steps that will help the greater Lansing region better advocate for funding with its legislators. The first of these efforts will be to hold an Arts-in-Action Day in which area artists and arts and cultural leaders will be invited to participate. The event will be held on Wednesday, March 18 from 8:30-11am in the banquet room at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center. The agenda for Arts-in-Action Day will provide arts and cultural constituents with an overview of the proposed cuts to the arts, the legislative process from here forward, a breakout session to discuss and collect information from constituents, and action steps that the arts and cultural community will take in order to move our message forward. These steps will include signing up for group legislative visits, a personalized postcard mailing campaign, and other actions that will help mobilize the greater Lansing region as a group in order to keep arts funding in our state. Arts-in-Action day is free, but an RSVP is required. Please RSVP your name, the art form you work in, and / or the arts organization you work for to RSVPs must be received by March 17. It will take the collective participation of the entire arts and cultural community to send a clear message to our civic leaders that the arts serve a critical role in repositioning Michigan to recruit and retain an innovative workforce. We are all responsible for sending a message, and we need every voice at the table. We urge you to join us in this important effort!

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