Do YOU?! Ok, maybe thats too cute of an image (from an article about getting into it. Tell it Momma.).
But art cuts? Give the kids a break.
I've seen it at Andrew Jackson. Make a call.
If you have not had a moment to read the front page headline in last Thursday's Times-Union, please take time to do so now: here is the link.
As you scroll down through the article, you will see that, in addition to contract cuts with the Symphony, the Cummer, MOCA Jax, MOSH and the Zoo, the Duval County Public School System is also considering a proposal to cut $1.7 million for art, music and p.e. instruction.
My understanding is that this equates to a cut of approximately 50% in the arts instruction budget. The language in the newspaper article is that “support” for art and music programs would be cut. Our understanding is that “support” will also mean the arts resource teachers themselves.
Let me call your attention, too, to the first sentence of the article: The Duval County School Board is a long way from deciding exactly what to cut...
This is the time for all of our school board members to hear from YOU: community leaders, program service providers, parents and students.
I am writing to you to encourage to write to each school board member to protect funding to arts programs. We know—without question—that musical instruction enhances mathematical achievement and visual art instruction impacts language arts development. For these reasons alone, these programs merit energetic support from all of us. I know how busy you all are, and with that in mind I want to tell you that hard copies of your letters are more effective that emails in delivering your message; however, emails are much, much better than nothing at all.
And please circulate this post among your friends and business contacts.
This work is important: I am counting on you!
Robert Arleigh White
Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville
And we're counting on you Bob. Keep up the good work. Call or write your school board. In the meantime, do something with the kids.
I should point out that the king has a new princess. Both Jason Wright and Martin Moore have babies on the way. They are the latest show at the BG. Art Walk is Wednesday. Biggest one ever. Invest in the diaper economy. It is stable.