Did you know that California's creative economy ranks third of all 50 states, yet it remains 50th out of all 50 states in per-capita funding for the arts? (See California's Creative Vitality Index, WESTAF (PDF) and California Arts Advocates for more info on these statistics.)

A coalition of arts organizations around the state have recently launched a non-partisan campaign called Arts in the California Governor's Race in response to the above statistics. The goal of the campaign is to educate both the public and the 2010 gubernatorial candidates about the important roles of quality public education, non-profit public/private partnerships, and small business in ensuring a robust creative economy.

Arts in the California Governor's Race is having a meet and greet tonight at Zeitgeist (199 Valencia St) from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. So head on over and check them out. You can also connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.