Dear Councilmember (Add Name of Councilmember):
Please approve the full funding request of $20 million for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH). The arts economic impact in the District of Columbia is over $1.1 billion. This request is for a small percentage of those funds to insure that DC can continue to serve as an arts-infused, arts-empowered, arts-destination city. To preserve the arts and the humanities is to preserve one of the District’s greatest economic engines and makes our city a world-class cultural arts destination.
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities has received mandates to work on initiatives that will insure permanent space for arts organizations. The funding that the DCCAH grants arts organizations generates significant income to the city; represents tens of thousands of jobs; provides a unique and effective conduit to life-long learning and healthcare; ensures that students graduate ready to succeed in the workplace provides opportunities to reduce crime; and provides a quality of life for current and new District residents.
The economic down-turn; the reduction in federal funds, and the reduction of foundation funding to the arts has been devastating. DC Arts and cultural organizations' programs provide critically needed access to the arts and humanities, especially for our public school students. The support of the DCCAH helps to sustain arts and cultural programs in the District of Columbia.
Funding the DCCAH budget to $20 million will assist in restoring local grants funding to levels that reflect the importance of these assets to the city.
We depend on your support.
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