Congresswomen Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), and Teresa Leger Fernández (D-NM) recently introduced the most comprehensive legislation ever to increase access to arts education. The Arts Education for All Act will support and encourage arts education and programming for our young children, K-12 students, and youth and adults involved in the justice system. It will help to close existing gaps in access to arts education, which has the potential to improve the lifelong health and success of both children and adults. Here is a one-page summary of the Arts Education for All Act and the full legislative text.
The Arts Education for All Act has been endorsed by more than 100 national, state, and local organizations, including Americans for the Arts, National Association of Music Merchants, and Grantmakers in the Arts. Here is the full list of current endorsements. Your organization can still submit an endorsement. As an individual, you can also contact your members of Congress and encourage them to support the Arts Education for All Act.
The Creative Economy Revitalization Act (CERA) was proposed August 13, 2021 in the House of Representatives by Representative Leger Fernandez (D-NM) and Representative Jay Obernolte, and then introduced in the Senate on September 28.2021 by Senator Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) along with co-sponsors Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and Alex Padilla (D-Calif.). The Creative Economy Revitalization Act (CERA) to help bolster the creative economy through the creation of a $300 million workforce grants program to employ artists and writers to create publicly available art.
If authorized, this new $300 million grant program would be housed and administered at the Department of Labor, with advice and collaboration from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grants will go to local, state, and tribal agencies, workforce investment boards, and public or private nonprofit entities who can hire local creative workers and produce publicly-available creative projects that meet local needs and priorities. These projects could include public artworks, festivals, performances, written works, anthologies and narrative collection from first responders and historically marginalized communities, and arts education work. Check out this infographic that explains CERA.
To advance CERA, we need your support! Please contact your legislators and urge them to co-sign and support the Creative Economy Revitalization Act. There is also a social media toolkit for this WPA for the Arts created by BeAnArtsHero. Read the full legislation text here.
Colorado’s General Assembly moved quickly during the 2021 legislative session to respond to the economic and public health challenges in our state, while shifting the focus from relief to recovery to reimagining a better future for all. Two bills, in particular, directly benefitted our arts, culture and creative industries as they recover, rebuild and image a vibrant future for all Coloradans.
Bill Sponsors: Representatives Leslie Herod and Adrienne Benavidez, and Senators Sonya Jaquez Lewis and Janet Buckner
Provides critical funding for artists, cultural organizations, performance venues and others in the creative industries in response to the negative economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes $6M for the Colorado Office of Film, Television & Media’s Film Incentive program; $15.5M for the Colorado Arts Relief program; and $1.5M to certain cultural facilities that focus on programming for and have representation from defined historically marginalized and under-resourced communities (otherwise known as Community ACTS grantees in the seven-county Denver metro area). Thank you to the 64 arts leaders who signed on to our letter of support for HB21-1285. Learn more about the Colorado Arts Relief Grants for Business and Individuals.
Bill Sponsors are Senators Stephen Fenberg and Chris Holbert, and Representatives Brianna Titone and Susan Lontine
The Colorado Community Revitalization Grant provides gap funding for projects in creative districts, historic districts, main streets or neighborhood commercial centers. This grant will support creative projects that combine creative industry workforce housing, commercial spaces, performance space, community gathering spaces, child care centers, and retail partnerships for the purpose of economic recovery and diversification by supporting creative sector entrepreneurs, artisans, and community non-profit organizations. Thank you to the 93 arts leaders who signed on to our letter of support for SB21-252. Learn more about the Colorado Community Revitalization Grants.
There can be no recovery without creativity.
To rebuild and reimagine the United States post-pandemic, we must put creative workers to work. The Put Creative Workers to Work proposal was collaboratively developed by over 100 partner organizations and individuals, and has been endorsed by over 2,300 creative businesses and creative workers.
CBCA and Arts for Colorado co-hosted the first Colorado Legislative Arts Caucus of 2021 on January 6. This virtual Arts Caucus featured firsthand case studies of rural and urban Creative Districts across the state, as well as data on the impacts of COVID-19 on the creative economy.
The Arts Action Fund is at the forefront of advancing the arts in America. They are the only national arts advocacy organization dedicating 100% of their time, money, and political clout to advancing the arts in America. Their mission is to mobilize one million citizens to join us in mobilizing support of the arts and arts education around the country.
Membership is free and provides regular updates, resources and opportunities to take action in support of the arts.
Visit the Arts Action Center to see how you can take action today.
Arts Action Fund is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization affiliated with Americans for the Arts.