Rise in Arts Donations Seen in 2010
Recently, the Texas Legislature nixed 50 percent of the Texas Commission on the Arts’ budget, causing a $3.7 million dollar loss in budget and a 30-percent reduction in staff.
Even worse, the state of Kansas cut all public funds for the arts. Hence, no more Kansas Arts Commission.
In short, it’s a tough time for protectors of the arts nationwide.
Care for some good news?
In 2010, estimated gifts to arts, culture, and humanities totaled $13.3 billion, according to the Giving USA Foundation’s annual report. Moreover, 2010 saw the highest amount since 2007, when Americans donated $13.7 billion.
Of the 9 charitable sectors identified in the report, arts, culture and humanities finished eighth in donations, ahead of environment and animals’ $6.7 billion.
Keep in mind, organizations like Artpace provide programming that is free to the public. Thus, charitable contributions are paramount to sustaining and expanding our contemporary art footprint.
If you are interested in becoming a member of Artpace, you can register here. Membership perks include buy one ticket, get one free at local Santikos Theaters.
So what are you waiting for?
Beat the heat and head on down to Artpace. (Did I mention the air conditioning is free too?)