Arts Advocacy Day and rally set for next week in Sacramento
April is Arts, Culture & Creativity Month in California, according to a Senate resolution.
As a result, Californians for the Arts, California’s statewide arts advocacy organization, is organizing an Advocacy Day and rally on April 23 in Sacramento, according to a release. The goal is to engage and empower arts supporters to become arts activists in order to advocate for increased public funding for the arts and educate legislators to the impact of arts, culture and creativity in California. A statewide “Arts Create Impact” message campaign has been launched on social media as well.
The will include a rally and gathering on the South Side of the Capitol commencing at 9 a.m. with a welcome by artist Stan Padilla and opening speeches by Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Senator Ben Allen of Santa Monica and Assemblymenber Kansen Chu of San Jose. Also scheduled are Superintendent Tony Thurmond, Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon, Assemblymembers Sharon Quirk Silva, Ian Calderon and Tom Daly and State Senator Bob Hertzberg.
The morning will also include performances by highschool thespians, singers and musicians, Santa Clara and Nevada County Poet Laureates Mighty Mike McGee and Molly Fisk, art making from the Crocker Art Museum and Sol Collective, and a series of arts impact stories from participants across the state. The morning will also include a presentation on the impact of arts data from Americans for the Arts Vice President of Research and Policy Randy Cohen.
Over 150 delegates from across the state will then visit their legislators offices to share their arts impact stories and to advocate for a number of issues.
After years of advocacy, Californians for the Arts efforts have succeeded in increasing appropriations exponentially, from the $1 million allocated in 2004 to nearly $25 million for fiscal 2018.
“As arts advocates, Governor Newsom’s proactive support of the arts is exciting news coming out of Sacramento,” said Californians for the Arts Executive Director Julie Baker in the release. “But our work here is still not done. We must still advocate for increased permanent funding for the arts so we are on par with other leading creative states as we know the arts and creative sector are invaluable to an enlightened, vital and functioning society. The creative sector has a lot to offer and should be recognized for its impact and worth. We look forward to working with the new administration to amplify California’s profile as the leading state of creativity and to illustrate how the creative sector is transformative, solution oriented and effective.”
To register or learn more, go to http://www.californiansforthearts.org.
Source: Californians for the Arts
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