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Arts Advocacy: It’s Worth More Than Dollars & Cents

Why advocate for public funding of the arts? It’s a question I’ve never really asked myself, because it’s always been valuable to me. I grew up in North Carolina during the height of the “Culture Wars.” The summer after my junior year of college I interned in the budget office of the National Endowment for […]

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Funding Restored for South Carolina Arts Commission!

State legislators met over the past two days to consider overrides of Gov. Nikki Haley’s vetoes to the state budget. Two of these vetoes impacted funding for the South Carolina Arts Commission. Veto #1 completely eliminated funding for the South Carolina Arts Commission, resulting in the agency closing its doors on June 9. Veto #21 […]

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SC: Arts Advocates Protest Arts Veto on Eve of Legislative Sessions

As the South Carolina House currently debates which of Gov. Nikki Haley’s vetoes to override (the Senate will do the same tomorrow), I couldn’t help but post the following video of arts advocates outside the State House last night: Although the weather didn’t cooperate, hundreds of artists and arts supporters came out to protest Gov. […]

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Thinking About the Impact of Public Art

I was impressed that so many posts during the Blog Salon have tackled the challenge of assessing the impact of public art—a particularly challenging area for building indicators of impact. Several years ago I heard Richard Florida describe public art in terms of community image when making a point about vital cities, i.e. those that […]

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Creative Financial Approaches Support the Creative Economy

Government budget deficits and budget limits of charitable foundations have made alternatives for financing arts projects more important. Five programs in Los Angeles this February showed that many other approaches to funding the arts can work well—and help arts organizations boost participation at the same time. Each program has taken a different approach to raising […]

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How Creatively Pragmatic Do You Want to Be?

There’s no doubt about it: when budgets are cut the arts are the first to go. Those of us who’ve been at this for a while have always found ways to adapt, and this time my company’s gotten pragmatic…creatively pragmatic. Creative pragmatism is a timely take on an old topic–using the arts to enhance seemingly […]

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Amendment to Further Cut NEA Fails!

The Walberg amendment to H.R. 2584, the House Interior Appropriations bill that would have cut an additional $10.6 million from the National Endowment for the Arts failed 240-181 earlier today. All 185 Democrats present voted against the amendment and 55 Republicans joined them. As stated this morning, this success is due in large part to […]

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Full House Committee Approves $20 Million Cut for NEA

Last night, the full House Appropriations Committee passed their initial FY2012 Interior Department funding bill by a vote of 28-18. This legislation contains a $20 million cut for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), passed last week by the Subcommittee, from FY2011’s $155 million level. The NEA was not mentioned specifically during the debate […]

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Freedom from Budget Cuts

Fourth of July celebrations started early for several states this week, as arts advocates scored major victories in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and South Carolina. Ohio Citizens for the Arts is reporting that the state arts council will enjoy a 30.5% increase in funding for the 2012-13 biennium – 62.1 percent more than Governor John […]

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