Arts advocacy in the California Governor’s Race

A group of arts advocates, including leaders of non-profit arts organizations and creative business owners, have established a non-partisan campaign called Arts in the California Governor’s Race to raise public awareness and inform the 2010 gubernatorial candidates about the significance of the creative industries in fueling California’s economy: the world’s 8th largest economy.

Brad Erickson, president of California Arts Advocates and co-chair of the campaign’s steering committee, noted that “California has fallen to 50th nationwide in per-capita funding for the arts and cultural policy initiatives.”

The campaign does not support any specific legislation or endorse any candidate.  Rather, the goal is to educate the public and the candidates about the importance of quality arts education for every child, public funding for non-profit organizations, and the role of public/private partnerships and small business in ensuring a robust creative economy.

But with California’s dire budgetary crisis, can this initiative get anywhere?

You can read more here.


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