Wait, What’s Happening?
Despite only using about .02% of governmental funds, arts and humanities organizations across the nation will face budget cuts as the government seeks to save federal spending by $10.5 trillion over the next 10 years. Agencies such as the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for Humanities will face complete cuts. This means thousands of museums, arts organizations, and artistic fields from visual arts to dance will have to rely on individuals for funds and thus have difficulty operating. The NEA supports funding to exhibit artistic projects, while the NEH dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.
Other businesses that will be facing budget cuts or elimination include The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which distributes funding to nearly 1,500 locally owned public radio and TV stations and The Minority Business Development Agency, which support and promote growth among United States’ minority-owned businesses. Businesses like these would be privatized and left to individual funding.
How will Atlanta be affected by this change?
Arts holds significant value in the lives of Atlanta’s citizens aesthetically and economically and contributes to the way Atlanta operates. According to the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, non-profit arts and culture businesses are a $300 million industry in the City of Atlanta. Our businesses in arts support 9,424 full-time equivalent jobs, and generates $27.5 million in local and state government revenue. In simple terms, we need art.
What can I do to help?
You can support local art right here by engaging in our CSA program. Season 10 is now open featuring art by Andrew Catanese, Antonio Darden, Brandon English, InKyoung Chun, Natalie Escobar, and Spencer Sloan, curated by Allie Bashuk. By nurturing both local artists and collectors, the WonderRoot CSA is a sustainable model that helps grow Atlanta’s arts and culture ecology where artist get paid for their work and people in the community get to become collectors.
The lack of funds for the arts is a problem, and WonderRoot wants to contribute toward a solution. Call or text our Arts Crisis Hotline, state your problem, and we will attempt to provide a solution.
For more information:
WonderRoot’s Arts Crisis Hotline: (470) 485-2781