Greetings Arts Advocates!
In today’s e-newsletter, you’ll find the latest information on the California State budget and legislative news pertaining to the arts and creative sectors. Please contact us should you have any questions or need further information. There are no action alerts at this time but we are monitoring several legislative items for the field. Executive Director Julie Baker, pictured right, has been invited to serve on a task force for a creative economy incentive program to represent the voice of the arts community.
Although our primary mission is to advocate for arts funding and legislation at the State Level, we also provide programs and services for local advocacy across the State. If you think your community needs to build its advocacy muscle, let us know. We offer “10 ways to be an effective advocate” and “How to develop an effective advocacy message” trainings and workshops and can customize to your immediate needs.
Contact Julie Baker for more information.
Thank you for all that you do to advance arts, culture & creativity in California!
Victoria Hamilton, Board President
LEGISLATIVE AND BUDGET NEWS
On May 9 Governor Newsom released his May revise of the budget
The Governor’s Budget included $10 million ongoing General Fund to expand grant programs that offer support for public access to the arts, arts education, and the state’s cultural infrastructure. Californians for the Arts and California Arts Advocates have attended the relevant budget subcommittee hearings and testified in public comment in support of the funding. There has been no opposition to the appropriation.
AB 5 Worker Status: Employees and Independent Contractors.
Introduced by Assemblywoman Gonzalez
We are monitoring this bill and the impact it has on the arts and creative sector. If you are currently working in the arts as an independent contractor and have concerns that becoming an employee would cause hardship to your livelihood, your rights to owning intellectual property or any other ramifications, please contact us. We are working on proposed amendment language and building our case statement, your voice is important, please send us your story.
SB 736 Creative Economy Task Force
Introduced by Senator Umberg
Senate Bill 736 establishes the California Creative Economy Incentive Program (CEIP), to be managed by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), for the purpose of administering loans to cities, counties, and joint powers agencies to provide assistance in financing a creative economy event. The first step is to create a Task Force. Julie Baker, CFTA ED has been invited to be on the task force to represent the voice of the arts community.
SB 748 California Youth Poet Laureate
Introduced by Senator Stern
5/9/18 Passed in the Senate
NEWS FROM THE FIELD
JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE ARTS HEARING
Riding the Wave of the Creative Economy:
Growth Challenges and Building Education Equity into the Jobs Pipeline
Wednesday, May 15th, 9am-12pm
State Capitol, Room 2040, Sacramento
Being an effective advocate means we must show up and demonstrate our collective strength and let our voices be heard. Here is an opportunity to show legislators how much the arts matter to you and your community.
Don’t miss the Joint Committee on the ArtsHearing, May 15, Sacramento!
CREATE CALIFORNIA WEBINAR
Reach for the Stars:
Arts-based Pedagogy as a Pathway to Excellence & Equity
Wednesday, May 15th, 11:00am, Online
We think of the stars as beyond our reach, yet each of us carries within us, both figuratively and literally, the same stuff that stars are made of. The arts, by tapping into our students’ most powerful inner selves, allow their brilliance to shine forth and make it possible for them to define their full potential and to live their true lives. In this way, the arts are a path to both excellence and equity.
Speakers: Dr. Yvette Jackson, Adjunct Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University and Senior Scholar for National Urban Alliance; author of “Pedagogy of Confidence; Inspiring High Intellectual Performance in Urban Schools.
Join the Webinar on Wednesday, May 15th at 11 am.
RSVP to register.
Take the California Arts Council Stakeholder Survey
As part of the process of developing our new strategic framework, we want to listen to as many new voices as possible. There’s a seat at the table for anyone with a rooted interest in the future of arts, culture, and community in our state. Click here to take the survey and help spread the word.
Participation is requested by June 10.
The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) convened a briefing for policymakers on Capitol Hill on May 2, 2019, on Arts and Rural Prosperity. Endorsed by the Congressional Arts Caucus, the event shared new research and vivid examples demonstrating the power of creativity and culture to help rural communities thrive. Watch the archived webcast
CFTA PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
Arts, Culture and Creativity Month
We love reading the survey results from Arts Advocacy Day. Please take 5 minutes to let us know what you thought of the day!
Here’s a wonderful testimonial from a participant:
“Participating in Arts Advocacy Day 2019 was truly eye-opening for me, as it was my first time engaging in advocacy or lobbying of any kind. I enjoyed being part of the political process and knowing that I have a voice at the state Capitol. The rally in the morning was inspiring, and it was so wonderful to see different types of arts represented from across California. It motivated me to continue advocating for the arts. Thank you Californians for the Arts!” – AMMC Arts Advocacy Day Participant