Guest blogger Danielle Marie Georgiou is a Dance Lecturer at the University of Texas at Arlington where she serves as the Assistant Director of the UT Arlington’s Dance Ensemble. She is also a member of Muscle Memory Dance Theatre – a modern dance collective. Danielle is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Arts and Humanities at UT Dallas, and her first book, The Politics of State Public Arts Funding, is out now.
Dallas arts funding is in jeopardy. The City Manager is recommending that the Office of Cultural Affairs be abolished and that arts and culture be put under the Library Department. The direct funding to arts organizations is currently projected to be cut by 35 percent, and it’s possible that there could be additional cuts. This would be a disaster for every resident of North Texas.
Dallas has the wonderful opportunity of becoming the next big thing in art; it’s right on the tips of our fingers. Having an effective and efficient arts base can boost a city’s economic prowess. Can we afford to lose this opportunity? If you care about the arts in Dallas, then the arts community needs your presence at the Dallas City Council meetings. The first one is Wednesday.
Today, the City Manager will present the latest budget recommendations. The Council Briefing starts at 9 a.m. in 6ES. However, the budget briefing will not start until after proclamations, board and committee appointments and open mike have finished. So unless you sign up to speak prior to the briefing, come after 10 a.m. advises Joanna St. Angelo, Executive Director of the Sammons Center for the Arts.
If you cannot make today’s meeting, there are other opportunities:
- June 22 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center – 7900 Northaven Road, Dallas
- June 25 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Winfrey Point at White Rock Lake – 950 E. Lawther Dr., Dallas
Your presence is needed and greatly appreciated. “If we want Dallas to be the next great home for the arts, we must show and voice our support or funding may be cut drastically,” says Gayle Halperin, of the Dance Council.
For more information, visit the Dallas Area Cultural Advocacy Coalition Web site or call 214.520.7789.