Arts advocates from across the country convene in Washington, DC for the annual Arts Advocacy Day each year. Arts Advocacy Day brings together a broad cross section of America’s cultural and civic organizations, along with more than 700 grassroots advocates from across the country, to underscore the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts.
Despite our best efforts having a physical presence in D.C. this year was not possible while maintaining ongoing grass roots programs and operations. Long story short, we still have tremendous needs. Over the past year our funding opportunities from tax deductible contributions and from governmental agencies has been cut substantially averaging a 46% reduction and 2018 tax code changes are expected to have an even more devastating effect.
This cut in funding has a direct monetary impact on regional arts, artists, tourism, and business. More concerning is the despair and anxiety it has raised within our community. This especially concerns us, as studies have shown that living well involves feeling good about life, having something to do that you care so much about that you immerse yourself in it, becoming good enough at something to take some pride in it, having people in your life whom you care about and who care about you, and feeling connected with something that takes you beyond yourself are all vital to overcoming these feelings of despair and anxiety. Without exception we know exposure to and participation in the arts results in these life affirming strategies as well as heightened academic achievement and greater life successes for people of all backgrounds.
Please consider making a generous gift to Showcase Arts Foundation, Inc. to ensure we may continue to bring these performing arts opportunities to our most under-resourced community members and possibly bring this message directly to D.C. next year. We don’t need to wait to make an impact!
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