The Design Advocate is an outreach tool to keep the 3200+ architect & design members of AIA Los Angeles updated about pending matters at City Hall, which may impact the built environment & their profession.
Monday, February 1, 2010
Crisis! Call to Action to Support the Arts in Los Angeles!
Dear Arts Supporters,
The City of Los Angeles Budget and Finance Committee has put forward a motion to eliminate the Department of Cultural Affairs' dedicated source of revenue, 1% of the Transit Occupancy Tax (TOT).This means the immediate elimination of the Department of Cultural Affairs' grants program, and much of the administration funding for 18 of the city's arts centers, including the Watts Towers.
As you know, arts and culture are important economic drivers for Los Angeles, and are an important part of our economic recovery. Arts mean jobs, arts bring cultural tourists, arts lower youth crime rates, and arts create economic development. With no plan for reinstituting this dedicated source of revenue, this motion could mean the end of public investment for arts and culture for generations to come.
Please take two minutes of your time to contact your councilmembers, or the sponsors of the motion, to voice your support for the arts and your opposition to this motion: