3 Responses to “Art at Work Month Ends This Week!”

  1. Jacquelyn Giles November 29, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

    I find it supremely ironic that the Tacoma City Council has chosen to celebratie “Arts Month” by proposing to impose a 5% tax on ticket sales of local arts organizations which are operating on even slimmer margins because of the ongoing recession and the squeeze on incomes of local patrons and donors. These groups employ local arts professionals and pay rent to use the City-owned Rialto, Pantages and Theatre on the Square. Do they understand that 5% of Zero=Zero? That’s what they’ll collect if this punitive tax pushes local arts groups out of existence. What they will lose, in addition to goodwill, includes the local jobs they create and the patronage of arts supporters who come into downtown Tacoma and local Tacoma malls to shop, eat, etc. This proposed tax is a lose-lose proposition. The cultural life that “Arts Month” claims to honor, and real jobs for real artists.

    • Tacoma Arts December 2, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

      Please share your concerns directly with City Council. They are conducting a budget workshop on December 6 at noon in the City Council Chambers, first floor of the Municipal Building (747 Market St.) and again at 5 pm for the council meeting.

      • Jacquelyn Giles December 2, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

        I have communicated with the Council on this matter and received no response or acknowledgement of my e-mail. I have since been told that the Study Session Agenda on December 6 does not include the 5% tax issue because it was discussed on 11/22 and the 12/6 study session will be devoted to reductions, i.e., layoffs, cutbacks etc.. The 5% tax ordinance, #28044 will receive a first hearing at the 12/6 5 pm City Council Meeting according to the City website where the language of the ordinance can be found under “full packet Dec. 6, 2011..

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