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2018 Mid-Term Election Arts Action Fund U.S. Senate Candidate Memos

The Arts Action Fund has released arts background candidate memos for Senate candidates running in the 2018 mid-term elections, organized by state. Click on the candidate’s photo or name to view the full candidate memo. 

2018 Candidate Arts Survey

The 2018 Candidate Arts Survey is officially released!

U.S. Senate Matched the House-Set Funding Level for the NEA & NEH

The Arts Action Fund is happy to report that the U.S. Senate matched the House-set funding level of $155 million each for the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities.

Arts Action Fund President & CEO Listed as Top 50 Executive in NonProfit Sector by The NonProfit Times

The Arts Action Fund President and CEO, Robert Lynch, has been named by NonProfit Times as one of the top 50 nonprofit executives in the country!

Sue Hildick New Cultural Advocacy Coalition Executive Director

Cultural                            Advocacy Coalition

Subject: Goodbye and Hello
Date: 23 Jul 2018

Dear Friends,
It has been a privilege to serve as the Executive Director of the Cultural Advocacy Coalition since 2011 and it is time for me to transition to new opportunities for service to my community and state. This role has allowed me to support creative work, community engagement, historic preservation and Oregon culture in the Oregon Legislature. With your help, we have protected and modernized the Oregon Cultural Trust, expanded investment in cultural infrastructure, protected Oregon’s percent for art program and supported the health of our sector in policy and funding bills at every opportunity. Thank you to the cultural community for your tireless commitment to your work, but also for your advocacy, community engagement and friendship.

As I prepare to move on, I am happy to report I am leaving you in truly excellent hands. The Coalition board has hired a new Executive Director and a new lobbyist to serve your interests in Salem. Paul Cosgrove a veteran lobbyist with ties to the Coalition’s formation, will lead the Coalition’s efforts to renew the Historic Property Special Assessment program and the tax credit that funds the Oregon Cultural Trust in 2019. You will meet him during next year’s advocacy day, if not sooner and I am confident you will find him knowledgeable, engaging and effective.

Sue Hildick will take over as Executive Director on September 1. Sue comes to the Coalition with substantial nonprofit and political experience and will be getting up to speed on the intricacies of the cultural sector’s funding and policy work over the course of the summer. Sue’s background is perfectly suited to this work and she is experienced in achieving ambitious political goals in collaboration with engaged stakeholders and sector leaders. Since 2003 Sue has led the Chalkboard Project, a collaboration among major foundations focus on education outcomes. Hildick, a fourth generation Oregonian is passionate about building Oregon’s quality of life through creative, innovative public policy-making and investment. She has worked in many different sectors – nonprofit, philanthropy, government – and has learned collaborative problem-solving and leveraging of state and federal resources. Sue has a BA in government from Georgetown University and a MBA from Marylhurst University. Hildick’s awards while at Chalkboard include being named Nonprofit CEO of the Year by the Portland Business Journal, twice recognized as one of Oregon’s Fifty Leaders to Watch by Oregon Business Magazine, and named one of Oregon’s Fifty Power Women by Willamette Week.

When asked why she wanted to work with the Coalition Sue said, “Oregon is a state rich in many ways and prime among those ways is in its cultural assets. Preserving them, supporting them and seeding the development of the next generation of these resources is important to building and maintaining the fabric of our state. These assets crosscut our educational and economic goals and can weave together the Oregon story for each one of us. Working to tell this story and to make sure our cultural resources are recognized for their value and contribution to our key quality of life goals as Oregonians is why cultural advocacy is so important.  I’m eager to work with the members of the CAC to learn more about their work and to help tell their story to policymakers.”

You can see why I am so confident you are going to love working with her.

Paul is equally passionate about the cultural sector, brings decades of experience and exceptional professional credentials. Born in Seattle, but raised in Klamath Falls and Clackamas County, Paul is an attorney licensed to practice in the states of Oregon (since 1981) and Washington (since 1984), Paul has been affiliated with Lindsay Hart, LLP since 1987.  Paul leads the Lindsay Hart State Government Affairs team.  The team represents leading national and local trade associations and companies before the Oregon Legislature, agencies and local governments. Paul attended Antioch College, Portland State University, and Western Washington University (Fairhaven College), where he got his BA with honors in 1974; he got his law degree from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College in 1981. Paul has recently served as Chair of the Board of Directors of State Law Resources, an international network of independent law firms with special expertise in government affairs. He is a former President of the Capitol Club, the association of Oregon’s 400+ professional government relations advocates and has been named by Portland Magazine as one of Portland’s Best Lawyers in Government Affairs on every list published since 2008.

Paul and Sue will make an exceptional team and starting September 1, the Coalition will rest on their capable shoulders. Thanks again for your work and the opportunity to work with you to create a thriving environment for art, heritage and the humanities across Oregon.

All my best,
Christine Drazan
Executive Director
Cultural Advocacy Coalition

U.S. House Rejects Cut to NEA!

Dear Arts Advocates,

Thanks to your record-levels of calls, emails, and tweets to your Members of Congress in the past few days, we have good news!

Just a few moments ago, the U.S. House of Representatives soundly defeated an amendment that would have cut funding the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).  The House voted down the Grothman amendment by a vote of 114 – 297!  This is one of the largest vote margins in support of the Endowments in the U.S. House!  Read Americans for the Arts President & CEO Robert L. Lynch’s statement here.

This bipartisan showing and resounding vote is a testament to the power of the arts in our communities, schools, lives, and careers. There hasn’t been a floor vote like this since 2011. We are proud and excited to know publicly, and on the record, just how strongly supported the National Endowments are by our elected officials in Congress on both sides of the aisle.

During last night’s floor debate on the amendment, Chairman Ken Calvert (R-CA) and Congressional Arts Caucus co-Chairs Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and Reps. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) all spoke out in support for the arts and the Endowments.

“This amendment would have devastating consequence on critical work for the National Endowment for the Arts at Walter Reed Medical Center, 11 other clinical sites across the country that are supporting therapy service.”
–Chairman Ken Calvert (R-CA)
“I am the Republican chair of both the Arts Caucus and the Humanities Caucus in this House, and these programs do wonderful work throughout the entire Nation, in every hamlet in America and, of course, supporting our veterans.”
–Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ)
“The NEA and the NEH have strong, bipartisan support on this committee, and I had really hoped the days of attacking these agencies were behind us.  Maybe they seem like a good political target for those who don’t understand the ways the arts and humanities affect our daily lives, but the economic benefits are undeniable for big cities, small towns, and everywhere in between.”
–Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME)

What Happens Next
Now that this amendment to cut the funding for the Endowments has been defeated, the U.S. House is expected to pass the Interior funding bill in its entirety later today.  Both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate are proposing $2 million increases to the agencies, bringing both of their budgets up to $155 million for FY 2019.  Next week, the U.S. Senate is expected to take up the Interior funding bill for consideration. A conference committee would then iron-out differences between the U.S. House and U.S. Senate bills to present a final version for the President’s signature.

Thanks to your advocacy year-round and at key moments, strong bipartisan support for the arts and humanities is possible. Thank you for being an arts advocate.


 
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Statement in Response to Rejection of Amendment to Cut Funding to NEA & NEH

The Arts Action Fund President and CEO, Robert L. Lynch, offered a statement in response to the House of Representatives vote rejecting an amendment to cut funding for the National Endowment for Arts and Humanities by 15 percent.

NEA Funding Increase Heads to the Floor

Dear Arts Advocate,

In a return to “regular order,” this week the U.S. House is scheduled to vote on the bill that funds the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)!

Floor votes on these appropriations bills have been rarer in recent years, and even more so in the U.S. Senate. However, quick action by both the House and Senate is expected these next two weeks!

A potential amendment to cut funding for the NEA and NEH.

This week, 170 amendments were filed to the House Interior bill, including two amendments that would impact the NEA. We are tracking these funding amendments and will keep you posted if they will be up for a vote. The House Rules Committee is meeting tonight to make those determinations.

Currently, the Interior bill would increase funding for both Endowments by $2 million, bringing their budgets to $155 million. This precisely matches the ask you and thousands of arts advocates made during Arts Advocacy Day in early March!

The U.S. House Interior Subcommittee working on FY 2019 Appropriations a few weeks ago.

In addition, this year’s House bill also includes specific support for the NEA and NEH to expand grant-making activities in honor of the legacy of former co-Chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus the late- Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY).

Join Americans for the Arts in making the case for additional dollars to keep up this good work.

Next week, the U.S. Senate is expected to consider their version of the Interior bill, which advanced in committee unanimously with full bipartisan support. The Senate bill would also increase funding to the Endowments by $2 million for FY 2019.  Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) reported that the last time a similar bill saw a floor vote in the U.S. Senate was nearly a decade ago, in FY 2010!

These floor votes will allow further consideration and more opportunities, too, for advocates to weigh in. If you haven’t contacted your representatives, now is a great time to share your views. Here’s an easy way to reach your representative directly by email or social media.

This week and next week your representatives will be seeing this ad in their Capitol Hill papers!

 
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U.S. House Scheduled to Vote on Interior Appropriations Bill

The U.S. House is voting on the bill that funds the National Endowment for the Arts this week! Floor votes on these appropriations bills have been rarer in recent years, and even more so in the U.S. Senate. However, quick action by both the House and Senate is expected these next two weeks!

“Art-tinis” and Artful Conversations at AFTACON

This year, Americans for the Arts annual convention was held in Denver, Colorado hosting for four days of sessions, workshops, and events that were focused on exploring the role of the arts in creating and sustaining healthy, vibrant, and equitable communities.