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Giving Voice to the Arts - eNews Update from Americans for the Arts

vol III 2012
ARTSspeak and ARTSjam Sparked Conversation at 2012 Conventions
Arts Action Fund members created a groundswell when you cast your policy vote back in April—and we listened! We took the concerns of our members directly to the largest convening of elected officials in the country— the 2012 political conventions. Full story >>

Giving Voice to the Arts

Sport Your Action Fund Wares
Arts Action Fund Now Has Swag!
The Arts Action Fund is working with leading artists, creative media, and retail partners to engage our members to sport pro-arts merchandise. Proceeds will benefit our political action committee (PAC), further enabling us to provide direct support to pro-arts federal House and Senate candidates. Full story >>

Research from Americans for the Arts
The Nonprofit Arts and Culture Industry Supports 4.1 Million American Jobs
It takes a village to provide a well-rounded education to every child. Use The Arts Education Field Guide to find the connections and partnerships that will strengthen arts education in your community.  Full story >>

Shaping Federal Arts Policy
Sobering Equity Gap Revealed in Arts Education
This spring the government released two new reports in arts education, and when compared side-by-side, they present a sobering equity gap. Full story >>

Supporting Arts Advocacy in States and Cities
State Art Agencies See an Appropriations Increase for FY 2013
The fall brings closure to the yearly appropriation battles across the states. FY 2012–2013 was a turning point overall for state arts appropriations. Viewed together, state arts agencies saw an 8 percent increase to $282,926,677. In general, state tax revenues are on the rise, allowing state legislatures to begin replacing lost funding from the last four years. Full story >>

PAC Update
Support Pro-Arts Candidates on November 6!
With Election Day around the corner, we’ve provided two invaluable assets for you to educate yourself and your community about candidates’ arts support. Full story >>

Message from the President, Robert L. Lynch

Elections are not just about the candidates you vote for, but the policies they support and the impact they will have on the arts in your community. Four years ago, there was no plan for universal healthcare for every citizen, but through President Obama’s leadership, as upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, universal health coverage is now a reality. This greatly benefits all Americans, especially independent, self employed artists who have historically not had access to affordable healthcare options.

Four years ago, funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) was on an upward trajectory of funding increases. But since the midterm congressional elections in 2010 when Tea Party candidates were swept into office, funding has systematically been cut by 12.5 percent. This shift has undone the previous Congress’s work—and NEA funding levels are back to where they were four years ago.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has attempted to veto 100 percent of the state art agency’s funding for the past two years. This year, Gov. Haley actually succeeded in closing the state arts agency’s doors for eight days before the decision was overturned by the legislature. This shows how one governor can cause great upheaval and demonstrates once again why it is so important to elect officials who understand the value of the arts and culture.

Elections can be a great opportunity to directly support arts initiatives. Residents of Portland, OR will be thinking not only about elected officials in November, but also about a ballot initiative that would implement a flat tax, benefiting art education programs.

Arts advocates in Detroit know all too well the benefits of putting forth a successful ballot initiative. On August 7, voters in three counties in Michigan approved a property tax that will support the Detroit Institute of Arts.

We hope you will use the Arts Action Fund and our updated Congressional Arts Report Card to vote smART on Election Day. And thank you for your ongoing support.

ArtsVote2012 Programs Featured at the Political Conventions
ARTSspeak and ARTSjam Sparked Conversation at 2012 Conventions
Sport Your Action Fund Wares
Arts Action Fund Now Has Swag!
Research from Americans for the Arts
The Nonprofit Arts and Culture Industry Supports 4.1 Million American Jobs
Shaping Federal Arts Policy
Sobering Equity Gap Revealed in Arts Education
Supporting Arts Advocacy in States and Cities
State Art Agencies See an Appropriations Increase for FY 2013
PAC Update
Support Pro-Arts Candidates on November 6!
Message from the President
Elections are not just about the candidates you vote for, but the policies they support and the impact they will have on the arts in your community.
Full Story

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PAC Update

Support Pro-Arts Candidates on November 6!

With Election Day around the corner, we’ve provided two invaluable assets for you to educate yourself and your community about candidates’ arts support. Visit http://www.ArtsActionFund.org/pages/congressional-report-card to download the Congressional Arts Report Card, which grades current members of Congress based on their voting records. Visit  http://www.ArtsActionFund.org/pages/ask-your-candidate for the Candidate Survey, which asks six questions of non-incumbent candidates for Congress. Both provide important information for electing pro-arts candidates to Congress.

We are halfway to meeting the fundraising goal of the Action Fund PAC. We’ve put together a wish list of pro-arts candidates that we would like to financially support for the upcoming November 6 elections if fundraising goals are met. Visit http://www.ArtsActionFund.org/PACPotentials to view a complete list of candidates.

Want to take further action to support the arts? Visit the Americans for the Arts Action page for actions anyone can take to educate themselves, inform others and make their voice heard on behalf of the arts: http://www.capwiz.com/artsusa/home/

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