Today, April 22 at 5 pm support advocates for the arts and public education at Philadelphia City Hall to rally energy before the budget hearing. At 6 pm, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance Interim Director Michael Norris will be testifying in front of City Council to convince them to restore the budget for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. He will also present the GroundSwell petition with hundreds of signatures.
The fund supports cultural and art entities around the city, but most importantly it provides direct funding to Youth Arts Enrichment Grants that supports groups that use the arts to enhance the lives of city youth. At a time when only a handful of schools still offer a full art curriculum that has not been decimated by the recent budget cuts and an ongoing push for standardized test prep, it is vital that all of us show our face to protect the arts in Philadelphia. This city is home to some of the most amazing locations for art and culture, and throngs of professional artists ranging from visual art to classical music trained right here. Can you imagine a life devoid of art?
Art education and programs encourage imagination, critical thinking, and high order analysis. In fact, comprehensive art education increases performance in reading and math. It is directly connected to skills taught in science and math. Ever heard of engineers or astrophysicists ? According to a study completed by the Guggenheim Museum in 2006, the arts also increases literacy in emergent readers.
Please join others in front of City Hall at 1 Penn Square or attend the meeting in the City Council Chambers, Room 400 at 6pm. Additional information can be found here.