Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Deadline -- Please register for Arts Congress by Thursday, Jan. 29



Your Day at the Capitol


Now more than ever - we need your voice at the State Capitol for Arts Congress, Tuesday, February 3


This year your attendance at Arts Congress is particularly important.


As of now, the Governor's proposed Executive Budget for Fiscal Year 2016 does not include a General Fund appropriation for the Arizona Commission on the Arts and does not include a provision for allocating interest from the state Rainy Day Fund as was done in Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015.


If this budget is passed by the Arizona Legislature, the Arts Commission will see a $1 million reduction to its grantmaking budget for Fiscal Year 2016.


The Arizona Commission on the Arts, you will recall, lost all General Fund appropriations in the FY2012 budget after seeing the $20 million Arts Endowment fund swept at the depths of the recent recession.


The partial restoration of funds in the last two years has meant arts organizations have been able to restore programming that reaches more Arizonans, stimulates more local spending and generates more jobs and services in our local communities.


And while the Commission does retain a little less than $1.4 million in the Arizona Arts Trust (funds derived from corporate filing fees), the loss of the $1 million in FY2016 will be a giant step backwards at a time when the local economy is still in need of investments that drive growth.


You have a chance to deliver this message directly to your state legislators on February 3 during Arts Congress 2015. Please register by 5 pm, tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 29.


Governor Ducey has expressed his personal support for the arts, and includes arts and culture among the assets he says he will use to attract business and investment in Arizona.


Key state senators and representatives also place a high value on investment in the arts and culture sector. Those legislators formed the coalition that obtained the Rainy Day Fund allocations of $1 million in FY2014 and FY2015.


But we must continue to make our case for the necessity of investing in arts and culture to support Arizona's economic recovery now, and Arts Congress, February 3, is the most immediate and important way you can help us do that.  


See you there!


To register online, CLICK HERE


Arizona Citizens for the Arts | 420 W. Roosevelt | Suite 208 | Phoenix | AZ | 85003




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