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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.
At the end of December 2020, the federal government passed a $2.3 trillion combined bill that includes the $900 billion Coronavirus economic relief bill and a $1.4 trillion Omnibus FY21 spending bill to keep the government running through September. This bill features many economic relief and annual appropriation opportunities for artists, gig workers, nonprofit, governmental, and commercial arts organizations. For example, $15 billion to support live entertainment venues, agents, cultural institutions (Save our Stages), extension of Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation and elibility updates to support “mixer earners,” a second round of PPP loans for small businesses and nonprofits.
There can be no recovery without creativity.
To rebuild and reimagine the United States post-pandemic, we must put creative workers to work. Americans for the Arts has proposed 15 specific actions that the next Administration can take to activate the creative economy within a comprehensive national recovery strategy.
In October 2020, Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA) reached out to the Colorado Senate candidates leading in the polls to inquire about their platform and policies related to arts, cultural and creative industries. Read their responses to that questionnaire.
CBCA was proud to host Nina Ozlu Tunceli, Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs at Americans for the Arts (AFTA) & Executive Director of the Arts Action Fund, on October 23, 2020 to discuss the important choices on November 3 and arts advocacy opportunities on the horizon. Nina updated Colorado’s arts leaders and voters on issues coming up in Congress, AFTA’s ArtsVote 2020 initiative, their Put Creative Workers to Work platform, and what direct action people could take ahead of this important vote.
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.