ACTION ALERT: Take Action for Increased California Arts Council Funding!
Please take a moment today to voice your support for a substantial increase to California's investment in the arts. Arts for LA supports Californians for the Arts (CFTA) and California Arts Advocates (CAA) in their sponsorship two pieces of legislation, SB 1432 and AB 1662, that would increase funding for the California Arts Council.
Here are the ways you can help now:
State Senator Ted Lieu Introduces Bill to Raise California Arts Council Funding to 1982 Levels
In response to decades of budget cuts to one of California's most dynamic industries, Sen. Ted Lieu today announced plans to restore state funding for the California Arts Council to levels not seen in more than a decade.
“California is home to one of the highest concentrations of creative individuals in the world,” Lieu, D-Torrance, said in support of the role the 'creative economy' plays in the Golden State. “Artistic services and intellectual capital are essential to the 21st Century economy, which is dynamic, knowledge-based and increasingly global.”
Dull the Sting of Tax Time by "Checking the Box" to Support California Arts Education
Californians will once again have the opportunity to support the California Arts Council and its arts programs for children through their state individual tax refund. Yesterday, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed Senate Bill 571 (Senator Carol Liu, La Canada Flintridge), returning the arts to the voluntary contribution portion of California tax return forms through the new "Keep Arts in Schools Fund."
Otis Report on the Creative Economy to Be Released Feb 6
On February 6, Otis College of Art and Design will release the newest edition of its Report on the Creative Economy.
California Arts Council Awards New Grants from State Assembly Allocation
At a public meeting in Los Angeles last week, members of the California Arts Council voted in support of five new programs and initiatives to be funded by one-time support from the California State Assembly.
LA County's State Senator Ted W. Lieu to Chair Joint Arts Committee
Sen. Ted W. Lieu today announced his appointment as chair of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on the Arts.
Action: Thank Assembly Speaker Pérez for $2M Boost to California Arts Council
The California Arts Council announced last week it received $2 million in one-time funds from the 2013 State Assembly operating budget. Assembly Speaker John Pérez made the allocation from his own discretionary fund. Pérez represents the 53rd Assembly District, covering much of Los Angeles (Boyle Heights, Downtown, Koreatown, Westlake)
California Arts Council Funding Bill Stalls, but Plan B Emerges
AB 580, the California State Assembly bill to fund the California Arts Council with $75 million for the upcoming fiscal year, failed to pass out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee during the current legislative session.
LA City Council Closer to Official Support of AB580
The Los Angeles City Council moved one step closer to passing an official resolution in support of AB 580, the California Assembly bill that would fund the California Arts Council with $75 million dollars for the next fiscal year.
California Arts Council Listens to LA County Arts Leaders
The California Arts Council welcomed guests from throughout Los Angeles County to a special “listening session” focused on helping the state art agency craft a strategic plan to guide its growth and development.