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Can You Advocate for Funding during Cutbacks? Can you Advocate for Funding during Growth?

It’s an interesting question, I mean set of questions, don’t you think?

You see, when we first started protesting about the elimination of dedicated funding for arts education, we were told: “don’t worry, there is so much more money coming to the schools every year, Project Arts (the dedicated funding) no longer matters.”

So, in essence, it was that we shouldn’t ‘t bother to fight for dedicated funding, as there is so much money going to the schools, that the point is moot.

Now, it’s the opposite: “how can you ask for dedicated funding for the arts when budgets are being cut? There is no money.”

So, you have a choice: do nothing, ever, or advocate always.

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