American cultural institutions to shut down for one day in protest of proposed budget cuts to the creative sector

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon on Monday 28 February 2011.

American cultural institutions to shut down for one day in protest of proposed budget cuts to the creative sector image

United States

What would happen if cultural organizations and creative businesses — from theaters to libraries to design house and bookstores just…. Stopped? For 8 minutes to 8 hours on March 10th, Culture Stops! a grassroots cultural organization based in Providence, RI, is calling for American people and cultural organizations to take a stand against proposed federal budget cuts to the creative sector. Culture Stops! formed around the simple belief that that creative thought is the lifeblood of democracy and essential for our countries growth. The budget proposals call for deep cuts, or wholesale elimination, of the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Arts in Education, funds for Community Development Block Grants, Pell Grants and funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

These institutions are a critical source of funding for arts and culture programs. If art and culture are stifled, it affects everything — entrepreneurial growth, scientific advancement, youth empowerment, tourism, and the vitality of life.

To learn more about the March 10th event and proposal cuts, visit www.culturestops.org