Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council hosted a small panel for advocating for the arts. The pro-active approach focused mainly on high level budgetary concerns with Pennsylvania operating without a formal budget. Many panelists mentioned the financial shift from foundation and state support to member driven campaigns. Rep. Jake Wheatley Jr. then commented its the members showing up to protests in Harrisburg that actually kicks the ball down the court.
The panel was gave attention to macro views that most artists are not concerned with, but affected by.
Mitch Swain – Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
Rep. Jake Wheatley Jr. – PA District 19
Samantha Balbier – Greater Pittsburgh Non-profit Partnership
James McNeel – City Theatre
Mariann Geyer – Point Park University
Jenny Hershour – Citizens for the Arts in PA