Great article about the whole debacle here, including a quote from my boss, Bernard Havard, at the very end of the article threatening to go to jail over this measure!
A call to action was sent out. We will have a protest! So today at twelve noon hundreds of arts & culture professionals and students assembled at the corner of Broad and Walnut Streets, carrying signs and chanting "Save our arts!" and "This tax is wack!" and "Don't tax behind our back!"
We even had a few senators show up! (l-r: State Senator Daylin Leach, State Senator Larry Farnese, State Senator Mike Stack)
I met up with Julia and Rachel, and we tried to look really tough about the whole thing:
My favorite sign of the afternoon:
The protest marched south on Broad Street to the Arts Bank, and then back north, ending in City Hall. People frequently crossed the street to wave signs on the islands of Broad Street:
It was a wonderful, peaceful and very powerful performance! The police did show up, but merely directed traffic around us. Motorists honked in solidarity:
I knew it was time to leave when, in the middle of City Hall, a young woman screamed out "Art is my LIFE! We should put on a performance right here! SOMEONE GIVE ME A BEAT!"
Ah, kids. I left them to perform their protest piece, happy that there were young people so inspired to fight for my art, my livelihood, my life.
Other favorite quotes heard from the young gays during the march:
"This is just like that scene from Hairspray!"
"I hope we get arrested. That would be fun. Plus handcuffs are HOT!"
A huge thank-you to everyone who showed their support today!
UPDATE: Press coverage of today's protest here.