Again, we have an opportunity to use our voices to stand in opposition to another Arts situation. Action needs to be taken immediately.
The city budget has proposed eliminating co-sponsorships for events that take place in city facilities. This would mean that Austin Shakespeare and Zilker Theatre Productions could no longer be produced at the Zilker Hillside Theatre without paying substantial rent. Both organizations provide FREE theater to the community, which could be jeopardized. This also may affect other arts groups city wide. I ask that you register your opposition to this component of the city budget.
There are two ways to do this:
1. Visit http://www.cityofaustin.org/citymgr/budget_input.htm
Give us your feedback:
Prioritize Potential Service Reductions
Eliminate free co-sponsorships of community special events. Do not click to Vote, but only click to leave a comment.
You will be provided a comment field in which to express your opinion. You may have to register during this process, but this is done very quickly.
2. City Council is having a public forum tonight 6 – 9 pm at the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau to hear input from the community on the city budget. You can sign up to speak in opposition to this budget provision.
After tonight, City Council will not be soliciting input on the city budget.
This is an important issue for not only arts organizations, but also for other small nonprofits who have co-sponsorships in city facilities. I hope you will take this opportunity to make a difference.
Stay tuned for other important opportunities to help support the Austin Arts Community in the near future!