California Arts Council Funding Bill Shows Promising Route through State Legislature

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 2:40pm

Photo: CAC Logoby Amy Sauceda

The California Arts Council and Californians for the Arts are celebrating positive steps forward for an appropriation bill of $7 million.  Last Thursday, the California State Legislative Budget Conference Committee voted 8-0 to support the increase in funding for the state's arts agency.

The California Budget Committee discussed and voted on partial restoration of funding to the California Arts Council on June 5, 2014.   The California State Assembly stated that while California has a healthier state revenue situation, it does not have revenues that can meet all of the needs art programs may have experienced.

“If we look at many other states their allocation to their arts activities are in the order of a $1 per resident which in the order of this state would be more than $38 million,” said Assembly Member Nancy Skinner. “Certainly we are not at that place but that is why the assembly felt very necessary to take the action.”

The bill will now go to the floor of each house of the legislature for a vote.  Advocates are hopeful the bill's existing bipartisan support promises a quick path to passage for next year's budget.

Watch Thursday's hearing in action: