California Arts Council / California State Assembly / California State Senate

$7 Million Unanimously Approved by Conference Committee for CA Arts Council!

On June 5, at 10:15, the Legislative Budget Conference Committee voted 8-0 to approve an appropriation of $7 million for 2014-15 to the California Arts Council.  *(See bottom of message for “What happens next?”)  Most of the conferees took this opportunity to speak glowingly about the value of the arts to the community, to children, … Continue reading

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TODAY IS THE DAY! No time to waste–Make YOUR voice heard this morning!

We understand that the Legislative Budget Conference Committee will review the California Arts Council budget item this afternoon.  So far, we are gratified by the large numbers of artists, arts leaders and arts lovers who have responded to our call to action.  But THIS MORNING is CRITICAL! IF YOU HAVE NOT DONE SO ALREADY, PLEASE … Continue reading

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Big Arts Funding Win–BUT NOT YET IN CALIFORNIA!

The State of Florida this week increased its arts funding by 350%–to $43 million (higher than California’s has ever been!). What’s Florida got that we don’t? Come on, arts advocates–make your voices heard (and THIS is the week to do it!). The California Legislature’s Budget Conference Committee has not yet voted on the California Arts … Continue reading

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URGENT: Increased State Arts Funding Decision Imminent – PLEASE ACT TODAY!

The Legislative Budget Conference Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 3 MONDAY, JUNE 2, and among the issues it will act upon is the increase in state arts funding that was recommended by the Assembly earlier this month. This is a critical moment for what we believe is our best chance in over a decade to restore … Continue reading

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URGENT: Your letter is needed NOW to urge increased state arts funding!

Please use the following as your model letter template, then send a fax (on your own letterhead) to the recipients at the bottom and those designated to receive copies. [Click “Continue reading” to see letter template!]         May 19, 2014 The Honorable Mark Leno                         The Honorable Nancy Skinner California State Senate                                California … Continue reading

California Arts Council / California State Assembly / California State Senate

Early Legislative Hurdles Passed for Increased Arts Funding

All 3 of the early Legislative hurdles for increased arts funding have been passed successfully.  In addition to SB 1432’s passage to the Senate Appropriations Committee, the Assembly Appropriations Committee placed AB 1662 in the “suspense” file (i.e. for further consideration) and the Assembly Budget Subcommittee #4 “held open” for further consideration the line item … Continue reading