March 13, 2013

State Budget Update

In February, the governor released his FY14-15 budget.    Funding for the arts (now part of the Dept of Economic and Community Development) is recommended as follows:

– 5% rescissions on line items  from FY 13 are carried forward into SFY 14 & 15; otherwise no further reductions to line items

– The competitive Arts, Culture, Tourism grant account is cut by $200,000

– Additional funding is added to Statewide marketing

– Funds for all tourism districts are eliminated. State tourism office would continue regional marketing efforts through an RFP process.

Members of the CAA board testified at legislative Appropriations Committee hearings in February, asking the legislature to reinstate Arts, Culture and Tourism grants to $2 million. The legislative version of the budget is expected in April.

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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.