Members of our arts community hold creative and unique perspectives on how to make our city great. But how can you make sure you're heard?
Asking public officials to support the arts is key to ensuring the continuation of arts-related funding and is an excellent way to make sure legislators know how important things like arts education, public art, and other artistic endeavors are to you and your community.
Last month, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council went to Harrisburg to advocate for local artists during Arts Advocacy Day where CEO Mitch Swain and I joined arts advocates from Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, PA Humanities, and others to urge members of the PA Legislature to:
Uphold Gov. Josh Shapiro's recommendation to increase the grants to the arts line item to $10.59 million for FY23-24. This represents a $1 million increase from FY22-23!
Support the Pennsylvania Arts Education Association in seeking update to the Arts & Humanities standards.
Support the Pennsylvania State Task Force on Music Therapy in asking for Professional Licensure of Music Therapy.
Continue funding support for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
And, right here in Pittsburgh, we're also asking you to join us in letting our city government know how important the arts are to you.
Be heard during the City of Pittsburgh's 2024 Budget Public Engagement Period by registering to attend one of the following public budget hearings, where representatives from city departments will hear from community members in roundtable discussions:
Wednesday, May 17 at 6 p.m. Phillips Recreation Center 201 Parkfield St., Carrick
Thursday, May 18 at 6 p.m. Manchester Citizens Corporation Center 1319 Allegheny Ave., North Side
Thursday, June 1 at 6 p.m. Sheraden Senior Center 720 Sherwood Ave., Sheraden
Wednesday, June 7 at 6 p.m. Homewood Senior Center 7321 Frankstown Ave., Homewood