At the September California Arts Council meeting at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles, its Director of Legislative Affairs, Kristin Margolis, presented an overview of the process and schedule, as well as how the Council can play an important role in keeping the Governor and Legislature informed about the activities of the agency.
It is also a valuable road map for our Californians for the Arts constituents, and we encourage you to take a few moments to look through it. CAC Legislative Overview – September 2017
It’s a team effort, to be sure, but there is no denying that the intensive advocacy efforts by California Arts Advocates, our sister organization, played a major role in this year’s success: getting the Governor and Legislature to make permanent last year’s one-time only increase of $6.8 million. After more than a decade of near-zero funding, the California Arts Council is funding over $15 million in grants to arts organizations, there is an additional $8 million being funded for the Arts in Corrections program, and the first round of official state-designated Cultural Districts will soon be announced. Support for arts education and opposition to the “non-profit warning label” bill have also been notable successes.
These activities cost money, and California Arts Advocates relies on membership dues to pay for half of its budget. Please celebrate our success and help us keep the momentum going by joining now or renewing your membership here.
Read the California Arts Council’s official announcement of its new budget, which includes its budget history, here.
California Arts Advocates held its annual meeting on Thursday, June 15 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on the eve of the Americans for the Arts Convention. Victoria Hamilton, Arts & Culture Advocate at The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation in San Diego, was elected President (seen above, accepting the gavel from outgoing President Richard Stein, President & CEO, Arts Orange County). Elected Vice President was Danielle Whitmore, Executive Director, Blue Line Arts & Arts & Business Council of the Sacramento Region in Roseville. Re-elected as Treasurer and Secretary were Brad Erickson, Executive Director, Theatre Bay Area in San Francisco and Rachel Osajima, Executive Director, Alameda County Arts Commission in Oakland. Elected to the Executive Committee were: Julie Baker (Membership Chair), Executive Director, Center for the Arts, Grass Valley; Sofia Klatzker (Advocacy Chair & Representative to State Arts Action Network), Executive Director, Arts for LA, Los Angeles; Debra Lucero (Communications Chair), Executive Director, Shasta County Arts Council, Redding and Friends of the Arts Upstate, Chico; Dalouge Smith (Representative to Policy Council of CA Alliance for Arts Education), President & CEO, San Diego Youth Symphony Orchestra; and Richard Stein – Immediate Past President.
Elected as new members of the Board of Directors are: Michael Alexander (above left), Executive Director Emeritus, Grand Performances, Los Angeles and a former member of the California Arts Council; and Ron P. Muriera, City of San Jose Arts Commissioner and Director of Development, San Jose Stage Company.
California Arts Advocates is vigorously opposing the Trump Administration’s proposed elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Institute for Museum & Library Services and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
All arts-concerned Californians are urged to learn more about why this is such a bad idea and what a disastrous impact it would have. And all arts-concerned Californians should immediately communicate to their Congressional representatives to voice their objection to this plan.
The California Arts Council has created a Save the NEA: California Arts Resource Center, which has excellent tools for learning more and taking action. We encourage you to visit that site and to speak up now!