“Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves, and to others, the inner vision which guides us as a Nation.” – President Lyndon B. Johnson
The Arts Council plays a pivotal role in communicating to private, public, and corporate leaders that the arts are important in the lives of our citizens. We stress that the arts create vibrant communities, providing educational and leisure opportunities for our residents and appealing attractions for visitors.
Art makes us human, catalyzing hope and empathy in our everyday life. In spite of this, government funding for the arts is under attack alongside policies that will change our community. With so much at stake, the role of the arts is more important than ever.
Advocacy Update: State Funding
The state began its new fiscal year on July 1 without a biennial budget for FY18-19. We are closely watching as the details emerge but want to remind arts organizations that this may delay the process for upcoming grant programs at the Office of the Arts. Please continue to tell our elected officials that arts funding is a priority for you they head into special session to approve the budget.
One exciting piece of news is that Governor Malloy singed legislation (HB 7226) last week that nearly doubles the annual distribution of the Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund (CAEF) starting this year. This is a smart investment in our creative sector with a neutral impact our state budget today. Furthermore, this stable operating support will allow arts organizations to experiment, engage, expand, and, ultimately, energize our statewide economy. The deadline to apply for CAEF funding is Friday, December 15. Learn more >>
Special thanks to Kristina Newman Scott, Director of Culture at the Office of the Arts; Catherine Smith, Commissioner at Department of Economic and Community Development; and co-sponsors Rep. Patricia A. Dillon, Rep. Matthew Ritter, Rep. Livvy R. Floren, Rep. Terry B. Adams, Sen. Paul R. Doyle, and Rep. Hilda E. Santiago for championing this change!
What’s at stake
- Support NEA funding at 155 million per year in FY18
- CT received $1.46 million from the NEA in FY17
- NEA funding supports 4.13 million jobs
- Call – Tell our elected representatives why the arts matter to you
- Write – Pick up your Save the NEA postcard at the Arts Council offices today
- Donate – Give to your local arts organizations
- Senator Richard Blumenthal
- (202) 224-2823
- 706 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
- Senator Chris Murphy
- (202) 224-4041
- 136 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
- Representative Rosa DeLauro
- (202) 225-3661 2413
- 2413 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
- Please share our Save the NEA postcard far and wide
- Download the postcard files here
Articles & Research
- April 7, 2017, New Haven Independent: Arts Organizations Push Back on NEA Cuts
- April 7, 2017, The New York Times: Eleven House Republicans Sign Letter Supporting Arts Endowment
- March 28, 2017, Hartford Courant: Trump Proposal Cuts Key State Arts Funds
- March 25, 2017, New Haven Register: Connecticut arts programs fear loss of federal funding would devastate programs
- March 24, 2017, The Denver Post: Huckabee: A conservative case for funding the NEA
- March 16, 2017, The Loading Dock: A Letter from the Managing Director on Arts Funding
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