This week, Kansas governor Sam Brownback won his fight against government supported arts by executing the Kansas Arts Commission with a budgetary line-item veto. “The arts will continue to thrive in Kansas when funded by private donations, and I intend to personally involve myself in efforts to make this happen,” Brownback said.
I could argue and argue the merits of government funding of the arts. Of course, I HAVE argued and argued the merits in this very blog. But the writing is on the wall. Brownback sees Kansas as a trend-setter and fully expects other states to follow suit.
We can waste time until the end of time arguing about this. But that’s not what I want to do in this blog. This blog is about “What Now?” What do arts nonprofits do in the face of situations like Brownback and Kansas?
We use our creativity to find more ways, better ways, to finance our art.
And we depend more on you.
Seems like Brownback gave you the shaft, huh?
But just as Brownback has pledged to personally involve himself in making sure the arts survive, so should you.
And here’s yet another way to do it. An easy way. Sooo easy.
First, a personal question; how much money did you spend today? You don’t really need to answer but let’s say you got a cup of coffee for $3.50, bought lunch for $18.25 and then picked up a new pair of shoes on the way home for $58.60.
What if you could round up each of those purchases to the nearest dollar, and donate the spare change to Octarium?
Well, you can. Our newest partner SwipeGood allows you to do just that: maximize your loose change for a good cause, helping the nonprofit arts survive. And while the resulting $1.15 from today’s purchases might now sound like a little, it adds up to over $20 in donations over the course of the month – without any extra work on your part.
All you have to do is go to our page on SwipeGood and sign up your credit or debit card. SwipeGood rounds up your purchases to the next dollar, and lets you donate the change to Octarium. You can even cap your monthly donations, so you are in complete control of the amount of money you donate each month.
How good will it feel to go about your every day shopping knowing that each purchase you make helps the arts survive?
So what are you waiting for?
So follow Brownback’s lead; personally involve yourself. Learn more, enroll your credit or debit card today and change the world around you, one purchase at a time.
posted by Krista Lang Blackwood, artistic director