Advocacy Archive

Making the Most of a $250 Grant: Creativity Stretches Dollars

6-11-2014

Each year, there’s at least one meeting of the Chipola Regional Arts Association that’s guaranteed to draw a big crowd.

On Tuesday, when a batch of nine teachers came to show the CRAA how they spent their share of the many $250 mini-grants that the arts-support organization bestowed upon area schools this year, there were few empty seats in the dining room where the session was held. Jackson County Superintendent of Schools Steve Benton was a special guest at the event.

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The Arts and Culture Economy: Best Case Studies

6-11-2014

Leaders across the country are increasingly recognizing that the arts and culture sector provides not only social and cultural benefits, but also economic ones. Local investments in arts and culture can help improve quality of life and revitalize neighborhoods, attract businesses and residents to previously neglected urban areas, increase tourism revenues, and create jobs for artists, designers, and makers.

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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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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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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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Arts: Valuable Assets for Corporations

3-5-2014

In light of the recent Giving Thoughts Q&A with Peter Singer, which suggested that “resources we put into museums and symphony orchestras could do more good if used to help the global poor,” I wanted to look at corporate funding trends for the arts. At Americans for the Arts, we have been tracking trends in business support for the arts through our Business Committee for the Arts since 1968.

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New Roles for City Orchestras in America

3-5-2014

The role that American orchestras play in community life has been steadily expanding over the last several decades. Fresh approaches to community involvement both in the musical offerings of in- and after-school programs as well as engaging traditionally underserved populations have paved the way as orchestras grow in their civic and social roles. A paper by Polly Kahn of the League of American Orchestras illuminates how orchestras are responding to changing demographics, helping people come together in ways that cut across their differences.

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