THE ARTS ARE PART OF CT
#ArtisPartCT is the Arts Alliance action campaign for the state’s legislative session that works to ensure legislators understand that the arts are part of Connecticut’s economy and vibrancy as a state. As such, the arts need to be a priority in all legislative sessions to ensure their sustainability and stability as a key industry.
Action and Accountability
Elected officials will need to quickly address complex issues facing the future of our state. They must understand that supporting and protecting the arts and culture community are critical to our economy, sustaining our neighborhoods, and enriching our lives.
2022 Legislative Session
The legislature is scheduled to convene on February 9, 2022, and adjourn on May 4, 2022.
The arts sector represents:
- 5% of the state's economy
- Generates $9 billion annually
- Supports 57,000 nonprofit jobs
During the COVID-19 Pandemic, the arts and culture sector:
- Lost $2.4 billion in sales
- Lost 33,258 creative economy jobs
- Lost $400 million in revenue for arts and cultural nonprofits
Legislative Action is Required to prevent further economic injury, address the impact of the shutdown, and accelerate recovery of not only the Arts sector, but all of Connecticut.
During the 2021 Legislative Session, we asked legislators to:
- Replenish the Tourism Fund - The Office of Policy Management estimates that the Tourism Fund will end FY21 with a $13.8 million shortfall.
- Dedicate 25% of proceeds from lodging tax to tourism fund by increasing the allocation from 10% to 25%. The increase does not affect lodging tax rates.
- Allocate a portion of proceeds from other state taxes and/or new revenue.
- Ensure funding for CT Office of the Arts and CT Humanities reflects their role as the state's main source of support for arts and culture nonprofits in every municipality.