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CT Makes Major Investments in Creative Sector

The General Assembly has approved their FY22 and FY23 budget and bonding legislation and it is likely that the Governor will sign the bill shortly. This will include an unprecedented level of investment in arts and culture - an increase of over $65 million!

 

This final proposal also includes an additional $5 million for grants-in-aid to nonprofit organizations operating cultural and historical sites through bonding, $15 million each budget year for statewide marketing, $260 million in additional funding for community nonprofit providers of health and human service, and fully funds the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) program for cities and towns.

 

Governor Lamont will likely sign these proposals, but the detailed implementation legislation is still being negotiated by your legislators. The final policy details will be decided during a special session of the General Assembly next week.

 

That's why it's critical to reach out to your local legislators TODAY!

  • Thank them for supporting our creative ecosystem during this critical time

  • Share why this historic investment is important to your community

  • Invite them about your upcoming community events this summer and fall

 

 

ACTION: 1% for Arts + Culture from American Rescue Plan 

Last week, the Arts Council sent this letter to the leaders of our cities and towns to commit 1% of their American Rescue Plan grant into arts and culture. The federal guidelines specifically prioritize our industry for support, but we also highlight the power of artists and creative organizations to help our region recover and revive.

But now they must hear directly from you!

  • Find out how much support your city or town will receive from the American Rescue Plan
  • Contact the head of your city or town and ask them to invest 1% of this grant into arts and culture
  • Share the graphic below on social media to spread the word in your networks
  • Always include a personal story about why this investment is important to you or your community  

Grant Amounts

Note: Our focus is on general funding, not the education support

 

Contact Information

 

1% for arts + culture

 

Bill Tracking

With our policy framework in mind, here are the bills that the Arts Council is watching. Bold indicates top priorities. 

 

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Why are the arts critical right now?

  • 💸 ARTS DRIVE ECONOMIC RECOVERY: Connecticut’s non-profit creative sector supports 23,000 jobs and generates $800 million annually
  • 💔 ARTS HEAL + REBUILD: Creativity helps us process impact and loss, build and rebuild vibrant and resilient communities, and attract new residents, businesses, and visitors
  • ✊ ARTS SUPPORT RACIAL & SOCIAL JUSTICE: Embracing the diversity of our cultures and experiences is at the heart of the arts and the fight for justice
  • 🚨 ARTS NEED HELP: With 62% of artists unemployed and most arts organizations unable to reopen until 2021, the industry needs emergency support to thrive

 

 

Create the Vote 2020 Candidate Forum

We hosted a virtual forum in partnership with the Greater Hartford Arts Council in October.