|A statewide central hub for Georgia’s arts advocates and art lovers. Artists, arts administrators, arts educators, business leaders, patrons of the arts and citizens are encouraged to participate in a renewed effort to increase support and funding for the arts and arts education in Georgia. Georgians for the Arts is open to everyone.
Georgians for the Arts’ objective in 2018 is to achieve an increase in state funding for the arts and arts education (K-12). The state arts agency’s budget was cut by 90% during the recent recession. After a decade, it is time to restore funding for the arts in Georgia. Investment in the arts and in arts education will improve Georgia’s current status of being ranked 49th in the U.S. and dead last in the South. The arts are an economic and employment powerhouse. The arts mean business in Georgia in economic activity, tax revenues and full time jobs. The nonprofit arts have a $166 billion economic impact, support 4.6 million jobs, and generate $27.5 billion in government revenue in the U.S. [Source: AEP5 on the web at https://americansforthearts.org/aep5]
Georgians for the Arts’ goal in 2017 was advocacy to save the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) from elimination or drastic budget cuts. Saving the NEA protected almost one-half of our state arts agency’s total budget in the next fiscal year, their arts education funding, and saving the NEA also protected SouthArts the regional NEA Partner headquartered in Atlanta. The NEA survived and its $150M budget has been approved by Congress.