California Arts Council Funding Bill Stalls, but Plan B Emerges

Fri, 06/07/2013 - 1:41pm

Photo: CA Arts Council logoAB 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.

While the bill cannot be passed for the upcoming fiscal year, it is still available for consideration next spring. With broad public support for the bill—the Los Angeles City Council passed a resolution supporting AB 580—it’s possible the bill will be carried through to the Assembly floor for a vote next year.

In the meantime, proponents of the bill are optimistic that California’s lawmakers can place a smaller line item representing an incremental increase directly into next year’s budget. Arts for LA will continue to monitor these developments in partnership with the state advocacy network Californians for the Arts.

The California Arts Council, created by Governor Brown during his first stint as governor, is the state’s primary granting agency for arts and culture. It currently operates a robust program funding arts education initiatives through the Arts Plate initiative and supports local arts agencies and nonprofit organizations statewide.