Saturday, December 27, 2008

 

One Percent for the Arts!

Dear Friends of Split This Rock,

Season's greetings & happy Solstice.

As Santa makes his rounds this year, Congress too, is gearing up to pass a $600 billion stimulus plan, with the goal of creating jobs. The stimulus package will pass with or without our support. The question is, what will it contain?

Split This Rock has teamed up with Institute for Policy Studies to ask Congress to include the arts in its stimulus package. The progressive caucus is supporting our call, but this won't happen without public support. Please help us make some noise!

We're asking that 1% of the stimulus plan be dedicated towards support for the arts, in a program modeled after the Works Progress Administration program that employed thousands of artists and writers during the 1930s. Artists and writers are part of the economy and the work we do changes lives, unfortunately, artists and writers also tend to be underemployed and undervalued for their work. This is an opportunity to restore NEA funding, get artists and writers back into our schools and other public spaces, and create new opportunities for the arts.

Take a moment, please, to sign our petition and send word along to friends. We apologize for giving you work to do during the holidays, but Congress aims for the stimulus plan to be on Obama's desk his first day in office. Sign the petition to Congress:http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/artsstimulus/signatures.html

You can also vote for this idea on the Ideas for Change website:http://www.change.org/ideas/view/arts_stimulus_plan_one_percent_for_the_arts

Please also help get the word out by posting a link to these sites on your Facebook page, and by forwarding an email to friends.

Love and Warm Greetings,
Your friends at Split This Rock
Sarah, Melissa, Regie & Jaime

Split This Rock
c/o Institute for Policy Studies
1112 16th Street, NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036
info@splitthisrock.org
www.splitthisrock.org
blogthisrock.blogspot.com

Split This Rock's mission is to call poets to a greater role in public life and foster a national community of activist poets; to build the audience for poetry of provocation and witness from our home in the nation's capital; to celebrate poetic diversity and the transformative power of the imagination by organizing festivals and other public events; to foster opportunities for poets to participate in creative activism for social justice and peace; and to provide resources that inform and inspire poets and equip them to play an active role as public citizens.

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