Advocacy Call to Action: Your Support Needed for $1 Billion Investment in CA Arts & Culture

ACSO is supporting our colleagues at Californians for the Arts by activating our membership network to join a coalition asking for a transformational $1 Billion investment from the state in the arts, culture, and creative industries and workforce through a series of grant programs from multiple state agencies including SBA, California Arts Council (CAC), and California Cultural and Historical Endowment (CCHE). This investment will address rebuilding the arts and culture ecosystem through jobs recovery, capital improvements, workforce development, and community access to arts.

There are THREE actions you can take before April 28 to help us make some noise about this once-in-a-lifetime chance for California to invest in the arts!

1. SIGN as an Individual: Follow this link to send an automated letter to your elected officials urging them to support recovery funding in our industry and make a significant investment in the arts for years to come. The goal is to see 10,000 letters sent by Wednesday, April 28.

2. SUPPORT as an Organization: If you have not already, please join ACSO in adding your orchestra's logo to the coalition letter. Please complete this form to add your entity to the list of those urging the State of California to invest $1 billion in stimulus for arts, culture, and creativity. The deadline is April 28, 2021 and the goal is 500 logos!

3. SHARE with your Members/Patrons: Use the following language to send a similar message to your networks in your own e-blasts and on social media. Please share with anyone who cares about the recovery of the arts and culture sector. Together, we can do this!    

Please join _______(your organization here), California Arts Advocates, NIVA CA, and California Association of Museums in urging the state to prioritize funding to the arts and creative industries. This funding would benefit the recovery of the entire cultural sector: nonprofit cultural organizations, arts businesses, museums, independent venues as well as individual artists and creative workers.

We cannot wait any longer, with a CA budget surplus and Federal funds on their way to help the state recover, we must act now and urge the Newsom Administration and California Legislature to recognize the disproportionate impact to California’s Creative Industries due to the COVID Pandemic and the state-mandated closures and to value the impact of the arts, culture and creative sector to power community engagement, social cohesion, wellness, healing, and rebuilding our state and local economies. In meetings with legislative offices, many have shared they are not hearing from the arts. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to end the historic under capitalization of arts and culture but we cannot do it without your help. Take 5 minutes to lift your voice for the arts and send an automated letter to your elected representatives today!

And be sure to check out this comprehensive list and descriptions of all of the key legislative requests for Arts Advocacy Week (April 19-23).  

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