We know you care deeply about the arts and culture community in Arizona.
That's why we take our job so seriously. We are committed to being your voice for arts and culture by promoting their powerful impact in every corner of our state ...
At the state Legislature At local city halls In Arizona school districts In our work with businesses In our work with community leaders In our work with Education leaders
At the state Legislature
At local city halls
In Arizona school districts
In our work with businesses
In our work with community leaders
In our work with Education leaders
...to ensure that public funding for arts and culture opportunities are available to every citizen and student in Arizona.
Your goal is our goal...
In order to achieve this goal, we need to raise $8,000 by the end of 2015.
With your help, we know we can get there!
Choose an important issue below to learn more about our ambitious 2016 agenda.
Your tax-deductible donation will help to support the programs and events of our ever-growing organization in 2016 - a critical year for arts and culture in Arizona.
We are committed to being your eyes, ears and voice in the community - but we can only do our job if we are supported by people like YOU.
In 2015, we harnessed our efforts to:
Advocate for more than 100 Arizona arts & culture organizations
Energized our 5,000 grassroots advocates to engage with elected officials about the need for public support for arts and culture
Enhance the capacity of our members to serve their audiences by matching business professionals with them through our BVA program
Honor more than 70 individuals, organizations and businesses statewide for their arts and culture contributions through the Governor’s Arts Awards event.
Expand our advocacy and outreach with a redesigned and upgraded website
Increase our social media presence
Launch a new arts education and advocacy initiative
Mobilize our advocates to participate in more than 50 school finance elections that will put more money into school-based activities, including arts education (37 of those elections PASSED!)
Build awareness of the power and impact of arts and culture
Arizona Commission on the Arts - After consultation with our key supporters in the Legislature, we are supporting the Arizona Commission on the Arts’ agency request of $2 million because it is extremely critical that the Commission obtain more resources to support the arts sector. Last year, the Commission received no allocation in the state budget after having received a $1 million allocation from the State’s Rainy Day Fund in each of the two previous budget years. As a result the Commission’s granting pool was the lowest it’s been in 30 years, and grants to organizations all over the state were cut on average by half.
With some recovery in revenue collections in Arizona, it is reasonable to think that $2 million for the good work of the state arts agency should be available. Nonetheless, it will require an aggressive advocacy effort to be successful.
Sales Tax Abatement - We are quietly exploring the viability of sales tax abatement for nonprofit arts and culture organizations, similar to how health care organizations are treated in Arizona. While nonprofits do not collect sales tax on their taxable activities, they must pay it. Exempting them from payment would save the 5.6% state sales tax on whatever they spent in a year on capital goods, supplies and materials. For many Arizona arts and culture organizations that could be equal to a sizable grant, especially if the organization were involved in a capital building campaign. This would not replace any effort directed at support for the Arts Commission, but it would improve the business environment of the arts and culture sector. It would also increase the value of the contributed income because a larger percentage of the donor’s gift would go to an organization’s work. However, the political viability of this initiative remains to be seen.
In pursuit of our three-year initiative to build support and expand access to K-12 arts education, we expect to engage in three major policy issues this year:
Revision of the Arizona School Report Card – We will explore the viability of using the availability of a standards-based arts education as an incentive to positively impact a school’s letter grade – along with the other performance metrics as the Arizona School Board revises its ratings system.
Fine Arts Credit for University Admissions – While the Arizona Board of Regents allowed an exemption to the Fine Arts credit in 2015 in favor of a Career Technical Education credit for admission, the board is undertaking a full review of admissions standards over the next year. This offers us another opportunity to make the case for the Fine Arts credit as essential to the admission standards without exemption.
State Funding - We will continue to monitor legislative activity regarding school funding, especially the recommendations from the Classrooms First working group. We will take advocacy action depending on whether the recommendations have the potential to impact classroom funding for arts education.
Through our network of arts organization members and individual advocates, we will monitor arts and culture issues in local cities and towns and engage local advocates as may be necessary to support the local arts and culture community.
Working with the Americans for the Arts Action Fund, we will monitor federal arts and culture issues and promote advocacy action when appropriations and policy issues are in front of the Congress.
We will engage in voter education activities in key state legislative races and in nine targeted school districts by distributing issue surveys to candidates, and publishing the results to our advocacy base, primarily through our Voter Voice network
General Nonprofit Support
We will support the advocacy efforts of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits on federal and local issues that impact the arts and culture organizations as members of the broader nonprofit community, e.g., charitable giving incentives, deductibility of charitable gifts, etc.
Help us make a noticeable difference in the upcoming year by offering your financial support to our cause.