Update: Rally for arts funding Thursday at Atlanta City Hall

In response to Friday’s news of budget cuts for arts contracts from the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, a coalition of arts organizations will convene downtown at Atlanta City Hall for a rally this Thursday, May 12, 2011, at 5PM. The organizers ask that everyone spread the word to increase participation, while also stressing that this will be a structured demonstration: Time will be allotted for speakers to address the crowd gathering for the public budget hearing that begins inside the building at 6PM. See below for a tentative schedule.

5PM: Meet on the steps of City Hall (tasteful protest signs are welcome)
5:15-5:40PM: Statements by arts leaders (so far, confirmed speakers include Louis Corrigan of Flux Projects and Chris Appleton of WonderRoot)
5:50PM: Enter council chambers
6-9PM: Public hearing and testaments by Flora Maria Garcia of the Metro Atlanta Arts and Culture Coalition (MAACC), Louis Corrigan, Chris Appleton, and others

Additionally, WonderRoot is organizing a sign-making party at their community art center on Memorial Drive that afternoon. Their Facebook event page for the demonstration will have more updates leading up to Thursday.

More from WonderRoot:

“Join WonderRoot, Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, Living Walls, Dashboard Co-op and many more arts organizations in an effort to show our support for the Office of Cultural Affairs as they face severe budget cuts.

Atlanta arts leaders have organized a public demonstration on the steps of City Hall for this Thursday to show public support for the Office of Cultural Affairs and the importance of grant funding to Atlanta non-profit cultural institutions. This rally will take place at 5pm Thursday, May 12 at at 55 Trinity Avenue. Directly following the demonstration we invite arts supporters to join us in Council Chambers for the public hearing on the Office of Cultural Affairs Budget. Arts leaders will make testaments presented to City Council and we need your support!!!

Advocacy sponsors include: WonderRoot, Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, Dashboard Co-op, Living Walls, Possible Futures, gloATL, Eyedrum, BurnAway, MINT Gallery, and others.

Additionally, please contact your City Council Member prior to the hearings on Thursday.”

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