Straight From the HeART–If you are lost for words and want to find your voice in support of state arts funding, consider what others are saying! You can email or write your district legislators at ArtPride NJ’s Arts Action Center.
“…Most importantly, children are the future of the state of New Jersey. They will very soon be the teachers, businessmen and businesswomen, entrepreneurs, laborers, and artists in our state. Studies have proven that children who take music, visual arts, dance, and drama classes in school do better in math, science, social studies and other curricular areas. We cannot afford educationally, emotionally, spiritually, culturally, or financially to cut the arts. If we cut arts education now, we doom our state for generations to come! Children need access to the arts NOW to make them creative leaders for New Jersey’s FUTURE.”
“…Our state legislators did a very wise thing a few years ago when they tried to protect our cultural and arts organizations (and therefore our schools as well, since most of us provide significant education programs) by creating a dedicated revenue source through the NJ Hotel/Motel Occupancy Fee. Let it continue to function as it was promised it would, as a protection against this kind of cutting. Our business, while capable of functioning as a strong economic engine, is however, a fragile machine. There are no spare parts. We are a huge investment that costs little. It’s worth protecting with great vigilance that small cost.”
“…The Arts is a profit center, not a cost center. Funds for the Arts is an investment, not a subsidy or handout. The Arts is a proven catalyst for a vibrant, healthy economy. The return on investment is substantial. While finding areas for containment and reduction in the State budget is required, we should not reduce our investment in profit centers such as the Arts which produce revenue in all sectors of our economy.