Here is a Notice the IWVCA received from the Western Arts Alliance regarding the California Arts Council.


To: Indian Wells Valley Concert Association
May 16, 2003

California Arts Advocates
Urgent Action Alert
Action Needed in Assembly Before Monday, May 19
Action Needed in the Senate Before Wednesday, May 21

GOAL: $20 Million California Arts Council Budget

Dear Carl Helmick:

Governor Davis' May Revise of the California Arts Council's 03-04 Budget is a disgrace!
It is time to MAKE SOME NOISE, and hit our legislators with letters, faxes, emails or calls.

The Governor wants to:

· Slash CAC's core programs from $16.3 million to $3.5 million-a 79 percent cut from the current year budget;
· Chop the Arts in Education program from $6.2 million to $1.6 million and dump the Artist-in-Residency program (and this from the Governor with a commitment to children and education);
· Kill the multicultural program;
· Eliminate the CAC's Challenge Grant and Special Initiatives programs; and
· Fire at least half of the CAC professional arts staff

But it gets worse. Of the $5 million dollars allocated to CAC grants, $1.5 million of (30%) goes to the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance to train law enforcement, educators, and librarians on tolerance and diversity.

That's right! The Governor is recommending 30% of the Arts Council grants budget go to ONE MUSEUM while 1,600 organizations and artists in all of California have to share the remaining scraps.

The result of all of this: All grants programs could disappear for lack of sufficient funding.

Does any of this make sense to you?

It is time to take off the gloves, get angry and get to work.

We need to respond IMMEDIATELY! The Governor and many in Sacramento will want to pass the budget quickly before the people of California are fully aware of the implications of the cuts.

Alert every member of your audience, board, staff, family, and friends. Ask them to write, e-mail, call, fax or visit their legislature NOW.

The Assembly Budget SubCommittee #4 could meet as early as Monday, May 19 or Tuesday, May 20. The Senate Budget SubCommittee #4 will hear the agency's budget on Wednesday, May 21. We need to act now and we need to act fast.

The Talking Points:

1. The California Arts Council is taking a disproportionate cut; this is not right and it is not good for California. It will devastate California's arts and culture programs, threaten thousands of jobs, and undermine the economies of cities and towns across California.

2. Tell your story. How will these cuts effect your organization, your community, and your family?

3. Restore the California Arts Council budget to $20 million. The CAC has already taken more than its fair share of cuts. This $20 million budget keeps the Arts Council on par with cuts other agencies are being asked to make.

Only an outcry from MANY citizens will save this funding source for the arts. Remember, these are your tax dollars too!

Thank you in advance for all your efforts on behalf of the arts in California!

Tim Wilson
Executive Director

Advocacy Resources

For more information, visit the California Arts Advocates website at http://www.calartsadvocates.org/. Also, the California Arts Council has an excellent website with lots of information about the value of CAC programs and services: http://www.cac.ca.gov
Find your legislators at http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html.
All Legislators Should Be Contacted OVER THE NEXT WEEK.

Key Legislators to Contact NOW

Assembly Budget Subcommittee #4

Assembly Member Rudy Bermudez (D) (Chair)
Capitol Address: State Capitol, Room 5135, Sacramento, CA 95814
Capitol Telephone: (916) 319-2056/Fax (916) 319-2156
Assemblymember.bermudez@assembly.ca.gov

Assembly Member Dave Cogdill (R)
Capitol Address: State Capitol, Room 4117, Sacramento, CA 95814
Capitol Telephone: (916) 319-2025/Fax: (916) 319-2125
Assemblymember.cogdill@assembly.ca.gov

Assembly Member Rick Keene (R)
Capitol Address: State Capitol, Room 5160, P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249
Capitol Telephone: (916) 319-2003/Fax: (916) 319-2103
Assemblymember.keene@assembly.ca.gov

Assembly Member George Nakano (D)
Capitol Address: State Capitol, Room , Sacramento, CA 95814
Capitol Telephone: (916) 319-2053/Fax: (916) 319-2153
George.nakano@asm.ca.gov

Assembly Member Sarah L. Reyes (D)
Capitol Address: State Capitol, Room 5136, P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249
Capitol Telephone: (916) 319-2031/Fax: (916) 319-2131
Assemblymember.sarah.reyes@assembly.ca.gov

Senate Budget Subcommittee #4

Senate Member Joseph Dunn (D) (Chair)
Capitol Address: State Capitol, Rm. 2080, Sacramento, CA 95814
Capitol Telephone: (916) 445-5831/Fax (916) 323-2323
Senator.dunn@sen.ca.gov

Senate Member Dick Ackerman (R)
Capitol Address: State Capitol, Rm. 4066, Sacramento, CA 95814
Capitol Telephone: 916) 445-4264/ Fax: (916) 445-9754
Senator.Ackerman@sen.ca.gov

Senate Member Denise Moreno Ducheny (D)
Capitol Address: State Capitol, Room 2062, Sacramento, CA 95814
Capitol Telephone: (916) 445-6767/Fax: (916) 327-3522
Senator.ducheny@sen.ca.gov
(Senator Ducheny is on board to support an increase to the CAC; Thank her for her willingness to step forward on this important issue.)

May 16, 2003

TO: The Honorable _________________

FROM: Your Name
Address
City State Zip

RE: The California Arts Council

OUR REQUEST: Support a $20 Million California Arts Council Budget

Governor Davis' May Revise of the California Arts Council's 03-04 Budget is an insult! He is reducing last year's Arts Grants Budget from $24 million to $3.5 million-an 85% cut in just two years that far exceeds almost every state agency. Is this fair?

At the same time, the Governor is allocating $1.5 million (30% of the Arts Council grants budget) to a SINGLE INSTITUTION: the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance to train law enforcement, educators, and librarians on tolerance and diversity.

Gone are the Artists in Residence programs for the schools, funding for Local Arts Agencies in your district, and all funding for Folk Arts. Grant funds to Multicultural Arts and Arts Education Programs are reduced so low, there could be NO GRANTS next year for arts groups in your district.

$3.5 million for 1,600 arts organizations…$1.5 million for the Simon Wiesenthal. Is this fair?

2001-02 2002-03 Governor's May Revise Proposed % Change2001-02 to 2003-04
Grant Funds Available for 1,600 California Arts Organizations 23,989,000 16,311,000 3,500,000 -85%
Grant Funds Available for the Simon Wiesenthal Center 2,000,000 1,900,000 1,500,000 -25%
TOTAL CAC Grants Budget 25,989,000 18,211,000 5,000,000 -81%

We need your help:

There is so little left of the Arts Council grant budget that you might as well Give It All to the Wiesenthal.

If you don't care that the California Arts Council supports a state that is one of the cultural leaders of the world, then Give It All to the Wiesenthal.

If you don't care that the California Arts Council funds 400,000 arts and culture jobs across California, then Give It All to the Wiesenthal.

If you don't care that the California Arts Council help to return $830 million in state and local tax revenue, then Give It All to the Wiesenthal.

If you don't care about the hundreds of thousand of school kids that benefit from Arts Education Programs funded by the California Arts Council, then Give it all to the Wiesenthal.

If you don't care that California Arts Council funding is a catalyst for the $17 billion cultural tourism industry in California, then Give It All to the Wiesenthal.

If you don't care that California Arts Council funding fosters hundreds of growing multicultural arts organizations and celebrates the rich diversity of all Californians, then Give it All to the Wiesenthal.

But if you do care, then Vote to Support a $20 million Arts Council Budget that fairly provides arts funding that serves all of California's diverse cultures, classrooms, communities, and districts…including yours.

Vote to support the Arts-the Soul of California.

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