In spite of the Biennium Budget and the 2010 Governor's Budget, we have indication that the grants programs of the North Carolina Arts Council may be cut by approximately 6%. This represents $400,000+ reductions in the Grassroots Arts and Program Grant categories.
This is the very reason you need to come to Raleigh for Arts Day, and we still have 25 places available. If you have been on the fence about whether you were needed, join us in the pasture. www.artsnc.org/artsday.
The Arts Education agenda item is also in motion, but in a different direction than previously stated. Representative Becky Carney (Mecklenburg) will offer a House Education Committee substitute bill for Senate Bill 66 which requires one unit in the arts for high school graduation. The proposal will strengthen the arts education policy momentum by requiring the State Board of Education to appoint a Task Force to consider and recommend policy, budget, and implementation plans for a K-12 arts education program in our public schools.
The committee bill will address our collective concerns about the need for a comprehensive plan and future funding needs. It is clear that no bill requiring any possible new funding would be approved this session.
Let us say a shout out to all organizations whose Board's adopted the high school requirement resolution. Those acts of advocacy leadership provided substantial backing for a better course of action.
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