During this urgent time for artists and arts organizations across the country, we are asking you to join us in supporting our local advocacy group, RI Citizens for the Arts.
Formalized in 1999, RI Citizens for the Arts serves as "the voice for the diverse statewide arts community in order to further raise awareness and support for the arts in the public and private sector, for the benefit of all Rhode Islanders."
We learned recently that RI CFA is in very real danger of shutting down at the end of this month. While their attention has been focused on making sure that government funding for the arts is protected and preserved, their fundraising has not been as successful as they've needed it to be over the past year.
The bottom line is that they need to raise approximately $10,000 by March 31. This may sound like a lot, but they really just need 200 new members at an average of $50 each. We know that there are many more people than that in Rhode Island who feel strongly about protecting public funding for the arts.
It would be a devastating blow to Rhode Island to lose RI Citizens for the Arts.
As a fellow believer in the importance of the arts, we hope you will consider becoming a member today. Their entry level membership is $25 for one year. Donations of any size are also welcomed. You can do all of this online. (Note that as RI CFA is a 501c4 organization. Therefore, your membership or donation is not tax-deductible, but it goes towards very important work.)
To become a member of RI Citizens for the Arts by March 31, click here.
Thanks for considering this important request on behalf of RI CFA.
-Heath Marlow, CMW staff