Monday, April 6, 2009

If You Think Culture is More Important than Sports

Get thee to Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis for "Indy Culture Matters", a rally organized by Central Indiana cultural organizations at noon on 20 April.

As we all know, cultural destinations "matter" more to Indy's short- and long-term economy and the city's reputation more than those thugs staging mock battles in the city's sports palaces.

If you agree (or even if you just think that the arts are a good supplement to "professional" sports), consider joining the hundreds of cultural destination employees, board members, supporters, and others who believe that "Indy Culture Matters".

There'll be a performance by Cathy Morris at 11:30 a.m., followed by the rally at noon.

Central Indiana’s cultural institutions have been sidelined in this city’s success for too long. It’s time to make some noise.

As the Arts Council of Indianapolis notes:

· The arts generate $468 million in economic activity each year in the city of Indianapolis
· The arts add nearly $52 million in local and state government revenue annually
· The arts support more than 15,000 local jobs
· Cultural organizations in central Indiana host more than 7 million visits to diverse performances, exhibitions and programs

The Indianapolis Consortium of Arts Administrators (ICAA) consists of 38 CEOs of Central Indiana's largest arts and cultural organizations.

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