Related News: Gov. Snyder Recommends $2.58 million for State Arts Council (MCACA)

February 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

“In his detailed proposal, Governor Snyder recommends $2,580,300 for the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs for each of the two fiscal years. In addition to this, the Governor’s budget allows for the council to keep returned or unused grant dollars instead of turning those funds over to the General Fund as in years previous – a first.” – from Creative Connections MI

http://creativeconnectionsmi.blogspot.com/2011/02/artserve-gov-snyder-recommends-258.html

Related News: U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg (from Michigan) amendment cuts additional $20.6 Million from NEA

February 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

“An amendment from U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, to cut $20.6 million from the National Endowment for the Arts budget was approved in a close vote on Thursday.

The amendment was approved 217-209. It would bring the NEA’s funding down to $124 million per year, which is where it was in 2006.” – from Mlive

http://blog.mlive.com/jackson-politics/2011/02/us_rep_tim_walberg_votes_to_cut_nea_funding_votes_against_cutting_costly_engine_program_pentagon_doe.html

Related News: Brownback signs order to eliminate the Kansas Arts Commission

February 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

Brownback signs order to eliminate the Kansas Arts Commission from the LJWorld.com in Lawrence, Kansas from February 7, 2011.

 

“Gov. Sam Brownback on Monday signed an order to eliminate the Kansas Arts Commission and replace it with a private organization to raise funds.

Brownback said the cost-cutting move would save taxpayers $600,000 in the next fiscal year, but the Arts Commission said its elimination would cost the state millions of dollars in lost matching funds and revenue generated by arts and culture.

“As I said in my State of the State speech, the days of ever-expanding government are over,” Brownback said at a news conference where he signed the executive reorganization order.

Brownback said the cut is needed to protect funding of “the core functions of state government.””

Related News: 5×5 Night is Announced!

February 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

5×5 Night is Announced! from 5×5 Website January 27th, 2011

On 5×5 Night from the Rapidian January 28th, 2011 Sunday Soup organizers compare and contrast models.

Related News: Bread, Roses, and the Republican Anti-Art Agenda

February 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

Bread, Roses, and the Republican Anti-Art Agenda, from Artinfo.com on February 2, 2011

“Get ready for government arts funding to play its customary starring role in the national conversation: as a pretext for conservatives to go on a vicious campaign to slash other needed government programs.

Given the political conjuncture in D.C., it came as little surprise that the Republican Study Committee’s deficit cutting planalready setting the tone of the debate in the budget-battles to come — released in late January proposes completely eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities (budgeted at $167.5 million each) as part of a broader offensive against government.”

Related News: Republicans Try to Abolish Arts Groups

February 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

Republicans Try to Abolish Arts Groups from the New York Times, January 24, 2011.

“A group of Republican lawmakers has called for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, each of which received $167.5 million in the last federal budget.”

Related News: Under Brownback, Kansas Will Be Only State Without Arts Commission

February 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

Under Brownback, Kansas Will Be Only State Without Arts Commission from the Huffington Post January 24, 2011.

“Kansans suffered a painful embarrassment several years ago when a ruthlessly conservative school board rewrote its definition of science, paving the way for “intelligent design” to be taught alongside evolution in public schools. The decision since has been reversed, and sensible Kansans’ facial muscles only recently recovered from their collective cringe. Now, though, they wince at a different sort of political horror: Newly elected governor Sam Brownback plans to issue executive orders eliminating the Kansas Arts Commission. (Brownback’s budget report for Fiscal Year 2012 is sub-titled, “Happy New Year, Art Fags.”)

If Brownback is successful in abolishing this state agency, Kansas would be the only state in the nation — including the territories of Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands — without a state-funded arts commission.”

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