Meaning no mo’ money.
Texas Artists Call to Action:
The Governor’s office has a proposal to assume control over the Texas
Commission on the Arts. The 40-year state agency would be eliminated and its
power and agency would become a part of the Governor’s office. The future of
the state arts supporting agency is at a crossroads and we need every Texas
artist to wake up and contact their state representative and state senator
and ask them to join the Texas Cultural Resources Caucus.
By your state representative and state senator joining the Texas Cultural
Resources Caucus, artists will have a centralized and direct legislative
power base to review the Governor’s proposal and the future of the Texas
Arts industry. The political and funding implications for the Texas
Commission on the Arts being under the Governor’s office need to be studied
and reviewed carefully. The politics of the arts under the Governor can be
beneficial with an arts-supportive Governor but what happens next Governor
or the next?
Is this a short-sighted fix to a battered agency or the long-term solution?
The proper analysis has not yet been done therefore it is important for all
artists to become engaged and encourage their state representatives and
state senators to join the Texas Cultural Resources Caucus where we can have
a centralized political discussion and analysis of this latest proposal. The
more legislative members involved in the Texas Cultural Resources Caucus
would also create more power regarding the fate of the Texas Commission on
the Arts created by the grassroots army of Texas artists.
There are already an estimated 50 House and Senate members who have joined
the Texas Cultural Resources Caucus. To contact or to identify your state
representative or senator, go to the Texas Legislature website.
Please pass this E-mail action alert to every Texas artist and Texas’ arts
group and encourage them to get involved today.
Thank you to Kelli Montgomery, Richard May, AVAA and Cantanker for making me aware of what’s going down with Texas Commission on the Arts. Spread the word, help fix this problem.
I’ll tell you ’bout what I sees.