New Dedicated Revenue Stream for DC Commission
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) has a new dedicated revenue stream, thanks to the legislative work of D.C.'s city council and mayor. A law enacted in August (see Subtitle X on page 102) directs a portion of the city's annual sales-tax revenue to DCCAH. In addition to the commission's base budget allocation, this revenue mechanism will support the agency in two stages. From fiscal years 2015 through 2018, DCCAH will receive the net amount of sales-tax revenue that exceeds estimated projections, up to $22 million per year. Beyond FY2018, DCCAH will receive a set 1/23 of the city's annual sales-tax collection. The funding is unrestricted. The precise amount of tax revenue DCCAH receives, however, will be offset by any monies the agency doesn't allocate through its budget process. For more information, contact DCCAH Legislative and Community Affairs Director Victoria Murray Baatin.
Regional Economic Development Council Grants for the Arts
New York's Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) program, which began in 2011, is a "community-based, bottom up" effort to create jobs and grow the economy. Through the program, the state government provides funding in 10 regions through 26 programs run by various state agencies, including the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). Last year, $750 million in REDC funding was distributed through 12 agencies, and NYSCA awarded 43 REDC grants, ranging from $50,000 to $150,000. This year, there are 13 agencies splitting the $750 million. According to a report on available funding, NYSCA expects to award about 80 grants, from $2,800 to $100,000, in four categories (pages 31-33): Arts, Culture and Heritage Projects; Artistic Program Capital Equipment Purchases; Digital Film Projector Conversion Program; and Arts Intern Workforce Development Program. The REDC goals for the NYSCA grants are myriad. They address cultural development; public access to and participation in the arts; collaborative relationships between nonprofits, for-profits, educational institutions and local governments; place making and community revitalization; economic development; cultural and heritage tourism; and community leadership. For more information, contact NYSCA Executive Assistant Liz McAleer.
Each issue of the Ohio Arts Council's (OAC) bimonthly newsletter, ArtsOhio, highlights a state legislator and his or her personal experiences with the arts. Since 1999, the Legislative Spotlight column has helped constituents see how state legislators connect to the arts on both a policy and an individual level. The column directs Ohio citizens to the legislators who may be most open and best able to address issues concerning the arts. It is a small but expansive way to thank arts leaders in the state house. Included in Legislative Spotlights are biographical details—party affiliation, district, hometown, education, years of service, committee assignments and honors—as well as the lawmaker's favorite artists, artistic practices and arts experiences. Legislative Spotlight is an inexpensive way to encourage engagement among Ohio's political, policy and arts communities. For more information, contact OAC Public Information Officer Elizabeth