The Tucson Pima Arts Council engages in local, regional and national advocacy for arts and culture in order to support the region’s creative economy, enliven our communities large and small, and enhance our quality of life. The 21st century world demands new ways of thinking and doing. Creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship—all qualities inherent to the arts—are what we need to move forward our economy, educational systems, and civic infrastructure. An investment in the arts, through both public and private funding, is a good investment for Tucson, Pima County, the state of Arizona, and all of its citizens.
The City Manager’s first draft budget presented to Mayor and Council proposes $100,000 in funding for TPAC for the coming fiscal year, a 75% cut from the current year. (These suggested cuts already follow a 32% decrease per capita in local public sector arts funding since 2007.) If the proposed budget is approved, per capita funding in Tucson and Pima County will total a mere 3% of the national average spent by the public sector per capita on the arts.
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“Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves and to others the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish.”
– Lyndon Johnson, on signing into existence the National Endowment on the Arts