We have until February 2011 to save Somerset Arts Funding.
Somerset Country Council have made the decision to cut 100% of next year’s £159,000 arts development budget. If you value the arts in Somerset then have your say...
If the cut goes ahead it will mean:
Arts organisations in Somerset will not be able to continue the same levels of arts activities within communities;
Children and young people will have fewer opportunities to access arts and education;
Vulnerable people, including isolated, older and disabled people, will have limited chances to benefit from social and health related arts projects;
Somerset’s arts organisations need to produce a petition signed by at least 5,000 Somerset residents in order to generate a new debate at a full County Council meeting on February 2011. Everyone in the family can have their say by signing a form or joining the online petition by the 16 December.
AS LONG AS YOU LIVE, STUDY OR ARE EMPLOYED IN SOMERSET YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO SIGN.
Under 18s need permission from a parent or guardian. Members of a household can sign using the same email address.
I the undersigned (living, working or employed in Somerset) recognise the social, educational, cultural, health and community benefits the arts provide to the county.
I therefore request that the Somerset County Council members reconsider and fully debate their decision to cut arts development funding by 100% with a view to reinstating a fair percentage of the arts development budget.
The Save Somerset Arts Funding petition to Somerset County Council was written by Take Art Ltd and is in the category Culture at GoPetition.