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..... And Second, in Denver

6-11-2014

Since 1989, the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) has distributed funds from a 1/10 of 1% sales and use tax to cultural facilities throughout the seven-county Denver, Colorado metropolitan area. The funds support cultural facilities whose primary purpose is to enlighten and entertain the public through the production, presentation, exhibition, advancement and preservation of art, music, theatre, dance, zoology, botany, natural history and cultural history.

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Florida Sees a 350% Increase in State Arts Funding: From $9 to $43 Million

6-11-2014

Today, Governor Scott released his veto list for Florida's 2014-2015 budget. 

 

     He did not veto four of the five Division of Cultural Affairs grants programs.

 

     He did veto the State Touring Program.  See below for details.    

 

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Rent a Car and Support the Arts

5-14-2014

Renting a car in Jefferson Parish could be a little more expensive under a bill that seeks to raise the rental car tax to benefit arts programs.

House Bill 585, sponsored by Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, would allow voters to decide if they want to impose a half-cent sales tax increase on rental cars. The bill initially proposed a 3 percent tax increase, but it was amended on Wednesday in a House committee.

The Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs Committee approved the measure without objection, clearing the bill of its first hurdle.

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Advocating for Creative Districts in Cities: Here’s How it’s Done

5-14-2014

A downtown booster group's vision for a creative district in the historic Quaker Hill neighborhood was publicly endorsed Tuesday by Gov. Jack Markell and Mayor Dennis P. Williams' administration at the Wilmington Renaissance Corp.'s annual meeting.

Markell noted that the proposed $50 million public-partnership to lure artists and other creative professionals to the area with tax breaks and housing subsidies complements his vision for strengthening downtowns across the state.

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Connecting Higher Ed, The Arts and Economic Development

5-14-2014

PROVIDENCE — The unprecedented 2012 “Make it Happen” summit has borne yet more fruit: university-generated research briefs that could help lift the economic malaise that has punished Rhode Island for years.

Funded by a $100,000 Rhode Island Foundation grant to the College & University Research Collaborative, the just-completed studies address manufacturing, arts and culture, purchasing, tax policies, the state’s labor force and related economic-development issues. Faculty members from seven schools of higher learning conducted the research.

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Advocating for Seniors and Art Therapy

5-14-2014

Seniors are learning to create clay masterpieces, and forgetting their troubles in the process, thanks to Eden Prairie artist Susan Feigenbaum.

As an art instructor at the Eden Prairie Art Center, Feigenbaum had become aware of the barriers faced by some seniors in getting to classes at the center, so she decided to bring the art experience to them at various senior living facilities. The program has since developed a loyal following.

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Restoring State Arts Funding in California

4-21-2014

State Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) said Wednesday that he would submit a bill that would commit at least $25 million a year from state tax coffers to California’s government arts grant making agency, the California Arts Council.

If adopted, the measure would end a streak of 11 consecutive years in which California governors and legislators have allocated just $1 million to the arts council from the state’s tax-fed general fund -- a level that consistently has left the Golden State last in the nation in per capita funding of its state arts grant making agency.

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Mayoral Elections: Asking Candidates about the Arts

4-21-2014

Supporting Augusta arts programs gave five mayoral candidates different material to talk about at a forum Monday.

Retired educator Patricia Cum­mings, who is involved with Augusta Mini Theater and the Lucy Craft Laney Mu­seum of Black History, raised the issue by asking what each candidate would do to support the Mini Theater, a south Augusta youth program left off the $194 million special purpose local option sales tax package going before voters May 20.

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Art and Music Part of Rehabilitation for Senior Inmates

3-5-2014

The glint of razor wire shines in the winter sun atop rectangular rows of fencing.

The pristine but somewhat ominous buildings sit beyond the rise of watchtowers, hinting at the nature of the inhabitants within the confinement of the Northern Nevada Correctional Center on the outskirts of Carson City.

Walking through security gates toward the unit that houses the Senior Structured Living Program, or True Grit, several shadows of men on the inside peer out at the open yard.

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Art and Justice in Baltimore: Seeking a Transformation

3-5-2014

The Baltimore Art+Justice Project in the Office of Community Engagement at MICA brings together individuals and organizations working at the intersection of art and social justice in Baltimore City. Through an interactive map, online resources and community dialogues, the Baltimore Art + Justice Project aims to strengthen arts/design based collaboration to create a better, more just Baltimore.

The Office of Community Engagement at MICA

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