A Year of Accomplishments with CAA
Connecticut began 2019 with the inauguration of Governor Ned Lamont following an election in which CAAâ€™sÂ Create the Vote CTÂ campaign encouraged candidates and voters to consider the impact of arts and culture on our towns and cities, schools, and economy. As a result of CAAâ€™s efforts, the new Governor formed anÂ Arts, Culture and Tourism Transition Policy CommitteeÂ to present recommendations to his incoming administration.
Also this year, CAA kicked off its first membership campaign to support the organization and the arts and culture community throughout our state. By the end of the year,Â 60 Charter MembersÂ had joined CAA. The membership represents 25 towns and cities throughout Connecticut, all eight counties, and the artistic disciplines of dance, music, theater, visual arts, and arts education.
In March, CAA led a delegation of Connecticut artists, arts administrators, and advocates to Washington, D.C. for theÂ Arts Action SummitÂ and Arts Advocacy Day, hosted by Americans for the Arts. Our group visited the offices of both Senators and all five Representatives to advocate for increased funding for the NEA and arts-related legislation.
Connecticutâ€™s ownÂ Arts, Culture and Tourism Advocacy DayÂ was held in April, and over two hundred arts and tourism advocates attended. Among the accomplishments of the day, a unanimous vote to change the name of the legislative Tourism Caucus to theÂ Arts, Culture and Tourism CaucusÂ was a significant achievement for our industry.
In May, CAA hosted a reception for members and guests followingÂ Connecticut Arts DayÂ , which was organized and operated by the Connecticut Office of the Arts, in New Haven. The day included special performances, panel discussions, presentations, workshops, and networking opportunities.
As Connecticutâ€™s legislative session ended in June, CAA updated its members onÂ General Assembly accomplishmentsÂ . Calls to action andÂ Federal legislative updatesÂ continued through the summer, and CAA publishedÂ out-of-session advocacyÂ tips in the fall.
Throughout the year, a significant project for CAA has been the development of aÂ Strategic Plan. The planâ€™s actionsâ€”which include increasing fundraising, hiring a full-time executive director, changing the make-up of the board of directors, upgrading databases, developing state-wide educational campaigns, and establishing a sustainable business modelâ€”are aimed at positioning Connecticut Arts Alliance to ensure that the arts are valued as fundamental components of a vibrant, healthy, connected, and equitable Connecticut!