Take Action at Federal Level

Take Action at Federal Level

JOIN SOFIA IN DC – MARCH 20-21

Arts for LA's executive director Sofia Klatzker has the honor of leading the California Delegation with Brad Erickson, and we are arranging delegate visits with our CA representatives now. If you are able to get to DC, these meetings are a powerful way to connect and advocate for what we hold most dear. We will also be developing delegate briefing materials and basic training on how to be a delegate for first timers. We will be specifically advocating for protecting and sustaining the NEA, defending the charitable tax code, ensuring arts education for all students, and protecting immigrant and refugee rights.

Register here: http://www.americansforthearts.org/events/arts-advocacy-day  

CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES AND TELL THEM TO PROTECT AND SUSTAIN THE NEA

While the official Presidential budget will not be submitted for another month or two (we anticipate April), think tanks are making recommendations to the administration, and we know that the elimination of the NEA has resurfaced. While budgets are being developed, this is the time to call your representatives and have them commit to protecting and sustaining the NEA.

When Sofia was in DC two weeks ago, the phones were ringing off the hook. It was powerful to see the level of engagement across the US, and it is working.  Find your House representatives here.

NATIONAL ARTS MOBILIZATION CENTER – AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS

Launched last week, Americans for the Arts has released two statements regarding federal funding and the arts, as well as statements on Immigration and Refugee Ban, and Arts Education in the time of new Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

http://www.americansforthearts.org/news-room/arts-mobilization-center

For excellent talking points from a local voice, we also recommend listening to the interview addressing this issue by Laura Zucker of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

http://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/2017/01/31/54747/what-trumps-budget-cuts-could-mean-for-the-future/

TAX REFORM AND THE ARTS

While the exact schedule is still speculative, we expect the House Ways and Means Committee to markup a bill as early as March—with a quick progression of said legislation through both Houses of Congress to follow. We recommend including this issue in your talking points with your Representatives. Learn more about the issue here:

http://www.giarts.org/article/charitable-deduction

http://www.americansforthearts.org/by-program/reports-and-data/legislation-policy/legislative-issue-center/charitable-giving-tax-reform

http://www.cof.org/sites/default/files/documents/files/Charitable-Deduction--Issue%20Paper.pdf