When artists, arts organizations and their supporters first learned last April that the Georgia House of Representative's proposed state budget for 2011 eliminated funds for the Georgia Council for the Arts, the response was swift. The arts community sprang into action to oppose the cuts, including circulating a petition that gathered more than 2,000 signatures in a matter of days. The protesting culminated in a MARCH ON THE CAPITOL April 19 comprising several hundred people, complete with pithy signs, dancing, music, singing, speeches and generally colorful commotion. The following day, the Senate Appropriations Committee modified the budget, which was later approved, allotting approximately $890,000 for the GCA. It was a wake-up call for members of the local art community, who learned the hard way that you've got to fight for your right to be arty.