May 6, 2011

ARTS FUNDING MAINTAINED IN NEW STATE BUDGET

The state’s 2012-2013 budget was approved by the Senate early in the morning on May 4, 2011 and signed into law by the governor later that day. Although the consolidation of the Commission on Culture and Tourism into the Department of Community and Economic Development will become reality, the Commission on Culture and Tourism’s two grant budgets survived the 21% cuts proposed by Governor Malloy.

FY11 
Culture, Tourism and the Arts    1,879,708
Basic Cultural Resources             1,398,750

FY12-13
Culture, Tourism and the Arts    1,979,165
Basic Cultural Resources            1,601,204

Note: The adopted budget relies upon $2 billion in labor concessions the governor is currently negotiating.

Please thank your senators and representatives for their support.

Author: Connecticut Arts Alliance

The Connecticut Arts Alliance (CAA) was founded in 2005 as an advocacy organization to ensure that the arts remain central to life in Connecticut. The organization strives to promote and underscore the value of all achievements of the arts industry and all of the ways in which the arts improve daily life for residents of the State. Among its most visible programs are assisting with workshops for the annual Connecticut Arts Day at the Capitol organized by the Connecticut Office of the Arts, and providing advocacy guidance and resources in concert with the Office of the Arts and regional arts service organizations. The organization works to foster public education and awareness of the arts, to increase funding for the arts, and to influence public funding decisions and actions that affect the arts.