March Newsletter

When was the last time you met with your representative and shared why you think the arts matter? 
Last week we participated in the National Arts Action Summit in Washington D.C. presented by Americans for the Arts. Brad Erickson, CFTA treasurer and Director of Theatre Bay Area and Executive Director Julie Baker led a delegation of ten eager advocates to eighteen meetings on Capitol Hill including a meeting in Speaker Pelosi’s office. We asked Congress to support an FY 2020 budget of $167.5 million (an increase of $12.5 million each) for both the NEA and NEH.

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Julie Baker
February Newsletter

It’s up to all of us to show up, to advocate, to go from arts supporters to arts activists and build California as the leading state of creativity. In listening to his State of the State address there was no mention of the creativity economy so we need to make sure our voices are heard. In this month’s edition we discus the upcoming Arts, Culture and Creativity Advocacy Day on April 23, we offer an active “Ways to Engage” guide on steps you can take to show up for the arts event if you can’t make it to Sacramento, we invite you to lend your voice to our new ACCM Arts Impact Campaign, and much more!

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January Newsletter

Welcome to 2019! In this month’s newsletter includes a warm welcome to newly appointed California Arts Council member Jodie Evans, an article by Kresge Foundation which explores creative placemaking initiatives and the assessment of community development strategies, and an artists’ inventive solution to the Bay Area housing crisis. We touch on how the government shutdown is affecting the arts, your January arts advocates action list, and important legislative news that may have implications in our field.

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Governor Newsom releases his first budget which includes a $10 million permanent increase in funding for the arts

Californians for the Arts is pleased to announce that Governor Newsom’s proposed 2019-20 budget includes an increase in state funding for the arts from $16 million in permanent funding from the general fund budget to $26,083,000. “We are thrilled Governor Newsom has taken the proactive step to increase permanent funding for the arts in California. California is the 5th largest economy in the world with the creative economy totaling $407.1 billion in 2017, but our state funding for the arts and arts education has fallen short in allowing for equitable access to the arts.

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Julie Baker
December Newsletter

California is celebrating a new and historic legislature with the largest group of Democrats sworn in, in modern California history. California is also learning how to live with the effects of climate change as we saw devastating fires rage through our State in late November. In this newsletter, we interview Debra Lucero, CFTA/CAA Board Member, Arts Leader and incoming Butte County Supervisor on the role the Arts sector plays in disaster recovery.

As arts advocates, we see the critical role artists and culture workers play in solving social issues. As California faces growing challenges for housing and affordability, homelessness, climate change, transportation, criminal justice, immigration, healthcare, education, gun safety, prison reform and more, what role can and should the arts sector play in working towards building a better California?

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November Newsletter

It’s a good day to celebrate after an historic election with many firsts across the nation and some victories in our state of California including the passage of Proposition E in San Francisco. We welcome Governor elect Newsom and look forward to working with his team to advance the arts in California and thank Governor Brown for his recognition of the value the arts, culture and creativity bring to California.

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Julie Baker
October Newsletter

October is National Arts and Humanities Month, a coast-to-coast collective celebration of culture in America. During the month-long celebration, Americans for the Arts and California Arts Advocates/Californians for the Arts encourage Californians to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives.

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Sofia Klatzker