Arts Advocacy National Updates

Arts Advocacy Natinal Updates, courtesy of our friends at the Performing Arts Advocacy Alliance.

Appropriations Update

* National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities – both endowments received a $12.5 million increase for FY 2010. The NEA’s budget is now $167.5 million and represents the highest funding level in 16 years.

* Arts in Education Programs at the Department of Education – $40 million, which represents a $2 million increase from FY 2009.

* Corporation for National and Community Service – $1.149 billion, an increase of $260 million from FY 2009. Nonprofit arts organizations are eligible to apply for funding and/or for volunteer workers from all national service programs. The $1.149 billion includes:

$50 million for the new Social Innovation Fund
$4 million for the new Volunteer Generation Fund
$1 million for the new Nonprofit Capacity Building Program
$2 million for the Summer of Service

* Educational and Cultural Exchanges Programs at the Department of State – $635 million, an increase of $97 million from FY 2009. Most likely the majority of those funding dollars will go to the education programs with a minimal amount to cultural exchanges. In FY 2009, cultural exchange programs received $9.1 million.

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Update

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) contained numerous funding streams beneficial to the performing arts groups, including grant programs through the Department of Education (DOE). One such grant program established by the DOE is the Investing in Innovation Fund. This fund uses ARRA dollars to support the efforts of local educational agencies (LEAs) and nonprofit organizations that have strong track records of improving student achievement. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has released the priorities for this new fund.

Following the issuance of the priorities, the DOE released proposed application guidelines for Investing in Innovation grants. As mentioned above, these grant dollars will support nonprofit organizations that have strong track records of improving student achievement. Arts organizations are eligible to apply for this funding and partner with schools to advance student learning and support the surrounding educational environment.

Recently, the Performing Arts Alliance filed comments in response to the DOE’s proposed application guidelines for Investing in Innovation grants. The PAA comments offered improvements that would improve opportunities for the arts to access these stimulus funds. Please click here to view the comments.

Final applications for the Investing in Innovation fund will be released early next year and proposals will be due Spring 2010.

Nominations for Coming Up Taller Awards

The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH) is inviting nominations for the 2010 Coming Up Taller Awards. In partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the PCAH is launching its 13th year of the Coming Up Taller Awards, which recognize the accomplishments of exceptional arts and humanities after-school and out-of-school programs. Coming Up Taller finalists receive a $10,000 award, an award plaque, and an invitation to attend the Coming Up Taller Leadership Enhancement Conference in Washington, DC. In addition, the Coming Up Taller Awards Ceremony is traditionally held in the fall at the White House, with the awards bestowed by the President’s Committee’s Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 29, 2010. Please click here for further details on the nomination process and program.

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The Austin Creative Alliance is a nonprofit performing arts service organization working to cultivate an environment where the performing arts can grow and flourish. We serve over 130 arts organizations with marketing, ticketing, audience development services; AEA paymaster, information & referral services — plus access to affordable health, liability, and event insurance. We also provide online professional development seminars, fiscal sponsorship services for emerging arts groups, host annual unified general auditions, annual theatre industry awards, and consistently advocate for the many benefits the arts bring to our quality of life.

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