Texas Arts Advocacy Day 2019, Austin. Photo credit: Matt Stryker

Public Comment Script

Good morning / afternoon / evening. Myself and thousands of other arts advocates stand together with the entire creative community to encourage our public officials, community leaders, and neighbors to ensure the arts receive policy and funding support.

The arts also have a huge impact on our state and local economy. In fact, recent economic impact data indicates that the arts and culture sector contribute $42.7 Billion to the Texas gross domestic product (GDP) and employ more than 358,430 workers equaling 3% of the state’s employment.

The arts also have a strong social impact. [Insert personal story about local impact of the arts].

The arts strengthen our community’s economy and make it a more vibrant, joyful place to live. I hope each of you give strong consideration to the value of the arts and strengthen its reach through policy and funding support. Thank you.

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