May Arts Advocacy News for California

Greetings Arts Advocates!

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In today's e-newsletter you'll find the latest information on the California State budget and legislative news pertaining to the arts and creative sectors. Please contact us should you have any questions or need further information. There are no action alerts at this time but we are monitoring several legislative items for the field. Executive Director Julie Baker, pictured right, has been invited to serve on a task force for a creative economy incentive program to represent the voice of the arts community.

Although our primary mission is to advocate for arts funding and legislation at the State Level, we also provide programs and services for local advocacy across the State. If you think your community needs to build its advocacy muscle, let us know. We offer "10 ways to be an effective advocate" and "How to develop an effective advocacy message"trainings and workshops and can customize to your immediate needs.

Contact Julie Baker for more information.

Thank you for all that you do to advance arts, culture & creativity in California!

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Julie Baker, Executive Director
membership@californiansforthearts.org

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Victoria Hamilton, Board President


LEGISLATIVE AND BUDGET NEWS

On May 9 Governor Newsom released his May revise of the budget 
The Governor’s Budget included $10 million ongoing General Fund to expand grant programs that offer support for public access to the arts, arts education, and the state’s cultural infrastructure. Californians for the Arts and California Arts Advocates have attended the relevant budget sub committee hearings and testified in public comment in support of the funding. There has been no opposition to the appropriation. 

AB 5  Worker Status: Employees and Independent Contractors.
Introduced by Assemblywoman Gonzalez

We are monitoring this bill and the impact it has on the arts and creative sector. If you are currently working in the arts as an independent contractor and have concerns that becoming an employee would cause hardship to your livelihood, your rights to owning intellectual property or any other ramifications, please contact us. We are working on proposed amendment language and building our case statement, your voice is important, please send us your story

SB 736 Creative Economy Task Force
Introduced by Senator Umberg

Senate Bill 736 establishes the California Creative Economy Incentive Program (CEIP), to be managed by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), for the purpose of administering loans to cities, counties, and joint powers agencies to provide assistance in financing a creative economy event. The first step is to create a Task Force. Julie Baker, CFTA ED has been invited to be on the task force to represent the voice of the arts community.

SB 748 California Youth Poet Laureate
Introduced by Senator Stern

5/9/18 Passed in the Senate


NEWS FROM THE FIELD

Can't make it?
Watch the hearing live here 
on May 15th from 9am-12pm

JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE ARTS HEARING
Riding the Wave of the Creative Economy:

Growth Challenges and Building Education Equity into the Jobs Pipeline
Wednesday, May 15th, 9am-12pm
State Capitol, Room 2040, Sacramento

Being an effective advocate means we must show up and demonstrate our collective strength and let our voices be heard. Here is an opportunity to show legislators how much the arts matter to you and your community.

Don't miss the Joint Committee on the ArtsHearing, May 15, Sacramento!

We want to there to be a full hearing room with passionate arts leaders, join us! Please share and invite friends.


CREATE CALIFORNIA WEBINAR

Reach for the Stars:
Arts-based Pedagogy as a Pathway to Excellence & Equity

Wednesday, May 15th, 11:00am, Online

We think of the stars as beyond our reach, yet each of us carries within us, both figuratively and literally, the same stuff that stars are made of. The arts, by tapping into our students' most powerful inner selves, allow their brilliance to shine forth and make it possible for them to define their full potential and to live their true lives. In this way, the arts are a path to both excellence and equity. 

Speakers: Dr. Yvette Jackson, Adjunct Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University and Senior Scholar for National Urban Alliance; author of "Pedagogy of Confidence; Inspiring High Intellectual Performance in Urban Schools.

Join the Webinar on Wednesday, May 15th at 11 am. RSVP to register.

 

Take the California Arts Council Stakeholder Survey

As part of the process of developing our new strategic framework, we want to listen to as many new voices as possible. There’s a seat at the table for anyone with a rooted interest in the future of arts, culture, and community in our state. Click here to take the survey and help spread the word.

Participation is requested by June 10.


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The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) convened a briefing for policymakers on Capitol Hill on May 2, 2019, on Arts and Rural Prosperity. Endorsed by the Congressional Arts Caucus, the event shared new research and vivid examples demonstrating the power of creativity and culture to help rural communities thrive. Watch the archived webcast


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The 2019 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention is heading to the Twin Cities!

MORE INFO | REGISTER

We will be there, will you? Let us know so we can meet up!


CFTA PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Arts, Culture and Creativity Month

We love reading the survey results from Arts Advocacy Day. Please take 5 minutes to let us know what you thought of the day!

Here's a wonderful testimonial from a participant:

Participating in Arts Advocacy Day 2019 was truly eye-opening for me, as it was my first time engaging in advocacy or lobbying of any kind. I enjoyed being part of the political process and knowing that I have a voice at the state Capitol. The rally in the morning was inspiring, and it was so wonderful to see different types of arts represented from across California. It motivated me to continue advocating for the arts. Thank you Californians for the Arts!
— ACCM Arts Advocacy Day Participant

Pictured above, Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins meeting with San Diego Delegation led by CFTA Board President Victoria Hamilton.

Pictured above, Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins meeting with San Diego Delegation led by CFTA Board President Victoria Hamilton.

Advocacy Trainings and Workshops

CFTA Executive Director Julie Baker was recently invited to speak at a panel on arts advocacy in Sacramento with Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Niva Flor, and Jack Mitchell at The Atrium - Art, Tech & Events and to lead an advocacy training in Truckee, CA with the Truckee Arts Alliance and Nevada County Arts Council.

Although our primary mission is to advocate for arts funding and legislation at the State Level, we also provide programs and services for local advocacy across the State. If you think your community needs to build its advocacy muscle, let us know. We offer "10 ways to be an effective advocate" and "How to develop an effective advocacy message" trainings and workshops and can customize to your immediate needs. Contact Julie at membership@californiansforthearts.org for more information.