and voice your objection to the Governor's freezing of state arts funding.
This action severly impacts the
Somerset Art Association
every cultural organization across the state
From Art Pride
December 9, 2009 -Recognizing the dire condition of State finances, contractually committed funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts has been frozen to hundreds of the State's arts organizations. This will have a catastrophic effect on New Jersey's arts community.
Arts organizations have long-standing commitments to artists, vendors, staffs and patrons in reliance upon the expectation that their grant contracts with the State would be honored (by the end of the 2009 calendar year). Money that was imminently to be released by the State to arts groups is now frozen, exacerbating already fragile organizational budgets. Many that operate on a calendar year are not able to meet year end obligations, most notably payroll.
Full disbursement of these contractually committed funds is essential. In some cases, the ongoing viability of venues could well hang in the balance.
On behalf of the Somerset Art Association,
thank you in advance for voicing your support and helping to overturn this heinous decision!