In a letter posted online by his For Arts Sake initiative Mayor Kevin Johnson has put the onus on Sacramento area arts patrons to help a struggling arts community.
In that letter Johnson said "I encourage everyone to find a way to demonstrate support - whether to buy a ticket to a show, purchase a painting, listen to music, or just share great local art experiences."
It is unclear to what extent area residents are compelled to do so - up and above what they already do in that realm.
One thing is clear: these days local arts organizations are living by the skin of their teeth.
And some of those have steady ticket sales numbers.
Many in the arts community have expressed a need for area leaders to step up with a plan on how they can garner more corporate support and philanthropy.
The Sacramento Philharmomic is a prime example. The orchestra is currently in the midst of a financial crisis where it is trying to raise $150,000 by May 15 and another $150,000 to stay viable in its 2012-13 season.
Last week, Sacramento Philharmonic board member Sandy Smoley said the orchestra and Johnson have yet to meet on the issue
"In today's down economy, it is even more imperative that we find ways to become champions of the arts and to recognize the benefit they bring to our region," Johnson said.