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 Post subject: California Arts Council Committee Hearing
PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2000 10:48 am 
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from the california arts council:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>California Arts Advocates<BR>Urgent Action Alert<BR>June 2, 2000<BR> <BR>A record $91.6 million California Arts Council budget is now before the<BR>Senate and Assembly budget conference committee. <BR>Please take immediate action with your constituents and have them get in<BR>touch with the Conference Committee members NOW, especially if you are in<BR>their community or district. The message the field should convey is simple,<BR>and needs to go out now. <BR> <BR>Why your action is needed:<P><BR>* The Conference Committee determined the CAC items need more<BR>discussion. <P><BR>* The Department of Finance was asked about their position on the CAC<BR>budget items and they indicated their recommendation was for $0 for all<BR>items.<P><BR>Here's the message:<P><BR> <BR>* <P><BR> Re: Item 8260 - California Arts Council<BR>* <P><BR> Request the Budget Conference Committee to support the Senate<BR>version of the California Arts Council budget, especially the $14 million<BR>Core Budget augmentation to the CAC budget, along with $2.6 million the<BR>Assembly approved for a Cultural Bridges exchange program. <BR> <BR>* This budget will move California from 38th among the states in per<BR>capita support to its rightful place in the top 5 on par with New York<BR>State. <P><BR>* Tell the Conference Committee members how increased CAC funding will<BR>benefit your organization's ability to provide arts programming in the<BR>schools and the community.<P><BR> <BR>The most important thing you can do (in addition to sending the letter) is<BR>stating specifically how these increased funds will assist your organization<BR>and the programs you support. <BR> <BR>Below the addresses - for your information - are details on the "funding<BR>package" that is supported by the California Arts Advocates. Other<BR>proposals are out there, but are not as comprehensive. Finally, it is<BR>premature to send letters to the Governor. Please wait until after the<BR>Conference Committee approves a budget. <BR> <BR>Let me know if you have any questions.<BR> <BR>Address:<BR>The Honorable ***<BR>California State Assembly or California State Senate<BR>Sacramento, CA 95814 <BR> <BR>Conference Committee Members:<BR>Assembly Member Denise Moreno Ducheny, Chair [D-National City] <BR>District Telephone: (619) 477-7979/Fax: (619) 477-0207<BR>Capitol Telephone: (916) 319-2079/Fax: (916) 319-2179<BR>Main Cities: Chula Vista, National City, San Diego<BR> <BR>Assembly Member Carole Migden [D-San Francisco], <BR>District Telephone: (415) 657-0784/Fax: (415) 557-8936<BR>Capitol Telephone: (916) 319-2013/Fax: (916) 319-2113<BR>Main Cities: San Francisco<BR> <BR>Assembly Member George Runner [R-Lancaster], <BR>District Telephone: (805) 723-3368/Fax: (805) 723-6307<BR>Capitol Telephone: (916) 319-2036/Fax: (916) 319-2136<BR>Main Cities: Lancaster, Palmdale, Santa Clarita<BR> <BR>Assembly Member Tony Cardenas [D-Sylmar]<BR>District Telephone: (818) 894-3671/Fax: (818) 894-4672<BR>Capitol Telephone: (916) 319-2039/Fax: (916) 319-2139<BR>Main Cities: Los Angeles, San Fernando<BR> <BR>Senator Steve Peace, Chair, [D-El Cajon]<BR>District Telephone: (619) 463-0243/District Fax: (619) 463-0246<BR>Capitol Telephone: (916) 445-6767/Capitol Fax: (916) 327-3522<BR>Main Cities: Chula Vista, El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City, San<BR>Diego, San Ysidro<BR> <BR>Senator Jim Brulte [R-Rancho Cucamonga]<BR>District Telephone: (909) 466-9096/Fax: (909) 466-9892<BR>Capitol Telephone: (916) 445-3688/Fax: (916) 327-2272<BR>Main Cities: Beaumont, Hemet, Riverside, San Bernardino, Twentynine Palms,<BR>Upland<BR> <BR>Senator Patrick Johnston, [D-Stockton], <BR>District Telephone: (209) 948-7930<BR>Capitol Telephone: (916) 445-2407/Fax: (916) 327-4213<BR>Main Cities: Sacramento, Stockton, Tracy<P><BR>****************************************************************************<BR>******************************<P><BR>The following funding package is supported by the California Arts Advocates:<P><BR>* The $30 million Arts Council proposed by the Governor before the May<BR>Revise.<P><BR>* A $14 million augmentation to Council's Core Programs, which have<BR>not had an increase since the Wilson administration. These programs bring<BR>the arts to schools and neighborhoods in every community of our state, and<BR>provide operating support to hundreds of performing arts and museums that<BR>present the world's best on our stages and in our galleries. (050), page<BR>562.<P><BR>* A $35 million Museum and Cultural Institutions Program to fund<BR>one-time capital improvements through a competitive granting process. This<BR>seed money encourages private donors to step forward to build or improve<BR>California's world-renowned facilities, and it's a good investment in our<BR>cultural infrastructure at only $1 per Californian. (070), page 566.<P><BR> <BR>* $10 million for an Emerging Artists Program to give voice to the<BR>world's next great artists of the new millennium...artists with a California<BR>voice. No other country is as culturally diverse as California. In this<BR>global Age of California, this is an investment in the painters, writers,<BR>dancers, playwrights, and filmmakers that will lead the California<BR>Renaissance. (060), page 563.<P><BR> <BR>* The Cultural Bridges Program approved by the Assembly will share<BR>with the world some of California's best artistic projects in this new<BR>cultural exchange program. (020), page 561.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>[This message has been edited by Cronos (edited June 14, 2000).]


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 Post subject: Re: California Arts Council Committee Hearing
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more news<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>> California Arts Advocates<BR>> Action Alert - Arts Council Increases<BR>> to Governor for Signature - <BR>> Support Needed NOW<BR>> June 12, 2000<BR>> <BR>> BUDGET UPDATE:<BR>> Thanks to months of planning and intensive lobbying by the California Arts<BR>> Advocates, the California legislature's Budget Conference Committee has<BR>> approved the following items: $7.5 million augmentation to the California<BR>> Arts Council budget for Core Program Expansion (including Organizational<BR>> Support), and another $7.5 million for a new program called the "Cultural<BR>> Artist Program," which will provide funding for small, culturally specific<BR>> and multi-cultural arts groups. This is great news. Thanks to everyone who<BR>> contacted their legislators to make this happen. But it's not over yet:<BR>> <BR>> URGENT ISSUE:<BR>> Governor Gray Davis will now have this version of the budget on his desk<BR>> to sign. <BR>> <BR>> ACTION:<BR>> Letters/ faxes/ e-mails need to get out THIS WEEK (by Friday, June 16)<BR>> urging him to support these augmentations. <BR>> <BR>> MESSAGE:<BR>> * Thank Governor Davis for considering the arts by proposing $10<BR>> million for an Arts in Education Program earlier this year and for keeping<BR>> the arts in the forefront of his vision for California.<BR>> * Encourage him to approve these two augmentations totaling $15<BR>> million from the Budget Conference Committee. They will provide for a<BR>> much-needed increase in the CAC budget, which has not seen an increase in<BR>> 2 years.<BR>> * Remind him in this year of state surplus, the arts need to be<BR>> remembered as a vital tool in the development of California's culture and<BR>> economy. Mention also that during the lean budget years, the arts budget<BR>> also took hits and we appreciate being able to recover along with other<BR>> agencies during this good economic time.<BR>> * Remember that these newly proposed funds are one-time augmentations<BR>> and would help to support numerous artists (and emerging artists) and arts<BR>> organizations throughout the state. If your organization is currently<BR>> being funded, your grant size could very well increase. If you are not<BR>> being funded the potential $15 million augmentation will go a long way in<BR>> helping new and current programs like yours in need of financial support.<BR>> <BR>> WHO SHOULD CONTACT THE GOVERNOR:<BR>> * Arts organizations that receive CAC funding or expect to apply for<BR>> funding should write letters<BR>> * Encourage supporter, donors and board members to voice their<BR>> support.<BR>> * Major Democratic donors and influential people should call the<BR>> Governor or write a personal letter<BR>> <BR>> HOW TO CONTACT THE GOVERNOR:<BR>> PHONE: (916) 445-2841<BR>> FAX: (916) 445-4633<BR>> E-MAIL: graydavis@governor.ca.gov<BR>> MAIL:<BR>> The Honorable Gray Davis<BR>> California State Governor<BR>> State Capitol<BR>> Sacramento, CA 95814<BR>> <BR>> <BR>> California Arts Advocates<BR>> 2755 Cottage Way, Suite 3<BR>> Sacramento, CA 95825<BR>> phone (916) 487-8678<BR>> fax (916) 484-0503<BR>> caa@acso.org <BR>> <A HREF="http://www.CAartsadvocates.org" TARGET=_blank>www.CAartsadvocates.org</A> <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


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