Social media fuels opposition to cutting arts funding
Filed by Ben Allen in Local News.
January 29, 2013
The Oklahoma Arts Council could lose their funding under House Bill 1895. But with tweets like: “This is your morning reminder to call your state legislators to tell them you will not stand for attacks on the arts!”, they have found unexpected support through social media.
They’re doing it on their own, says Joel Gavin, with the Oklahoma Arts Council.
“And it just kinda spread like wildfire from there. It’s nothing that we’ve necessarily tried to do. We’ve just provided the information and the education. They’re very motivated.”
In a statement, State Representative Josh Cockroft says he supports the arts as well, he just wants to make sure that the money that the state is spending is going to the right places.
The Legislature’s session starts on Monday, Feb. 4.