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NO. R-196. JOINT RESOLUTION CELEBRATING THE ARTS AND THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO OUR DAILY LIVES.

(J.R.H. 142)

Offered by: Representative Dunne of Hartland.

Whereas, the critical importance of artistic endeavors, both individually and institutionally, is essential for a culturally literate and free society, and

Whereas, the arts have historically played a crucial role in brightening and enriching the quality of life that Vermonters cherish so very much, and

Whereas, Vermont's diverse artistic community stimulates the economy through the creation of jobs, ticket purchases and related expenditures, the promotion of tourism, and as an important incentive for business to locate in the state, and

Whereas, arts education at an early age has been shown to improve young persons' math and science aptitude as well as help to stimulate their creativity and interpersonal skills, and

Whereas, communities, including Barre City, Burlington, Montpelier, Rutland City and Vergennes are assisting in the revitalization of their downtown business districts by refurbishing local theatrical facilities, and

Whereas, March 17, 1998 has been designated as Arts Advocacy Day in order that Vermonters can demonstrate the importance that the arts play both in their daily lives and for the state's economy, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes the significance of the arts in Vermont and enthusiastically encourages its continued vitality in the life of this state.