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In August 2021, Representatives Teresa Leger Fernandez (D-NM) and Jay Obernolte (R-CA) (co-leads) introduced the Creative Economy Revitalization Act (CERA) along with Ted Lieu (D-CA), Rosa Delauro (D-CT), and Chellie Pingree (D-ME) (original co-sponsors). They introduced this bi-partisan bill with over 140 endorsements from national interest groups. Read the official bill text.
CERA is a $300 million dollar program that will mitigate creative worker displacement, stimulate local creative workforce growth, strengthen connections for local creative small businesses and networks, create a pipeline for new creative jobs, enrich communities, increase access to culture, and invest in creative workers and local economies harmed by COVID-19.
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.
What can you do?
Congresswoman Leger Fernandez and Congressman Obernolte also, on August 18, sent a Dear Colleague letter encouraging co-sponsorship from their House colleagues. To encourage additional co-sponsors, you can send a co-sponsorship request to your Congressional Representative through the Arts Action Network.
Show your support for the Creative Economy Revitalization Act (CERA)!
This past session, Colorado Legislature passed a bill to create the Community Revitalization Grant Program (SB21-252). This bill established the Colorado Community Revitalization Grant program under Colorado Creative Industries, which will provide money awards to finance various projects across the state that are intended to create or revitalize mixed-use commercial centers. You can read the full bill here. The bill sponsors are Senators Fenberg and Holbert and Representatives Titone and Lontine.
CBCA submitted this Letter of Support with 93 signatories on May 13, 2021 to the bill sponsors and members of the Senate Local Government Committee.
Pre-Applications are open now for Community Revitalization Grant Program. Learn more about grant guidelines and application process.
This past session, Colorado Legislature passed Funding To Support Creative Arts Industries (HB21-1285), which will provide at least $3.5 million in additional relief funding to the arts, $5 million to the Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media, and $1.5 million to certain cultural facilities that focus on programming for and have representation from defined historically marginalized and under-resourced communities. Furthermore, another $12 million was added to this arts relief fund ($15.5 million total) and another $1 million to the Film program ($6 million total) to the due to other small business relief funds that may be unencumbered as of June 30, 2021. This bill is sponsored by Representatives Herod and Benavidez and Senators Jaquez Lewis and Buckner. Read the full bill here.
The Colorado Legislature approved SB20B-001 in December 2020 for the Colorado Arts Relief Fund, which included $7.5 million for artists and creative organizations statewide. This lifeline was extremely helpful, but it only scratched the surface, as the need remains great and ongoing.
Applications are open now for the Colorado Arts Relief Grant. This fund has two separate grant applications, one for businesses and organizations and one for individuals. Learn more about the grant guidelines.
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.
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.
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