Message from Arts for Colorado President – Save the NEA

On March 16th, the Trump administration released a proposed budget for the 2018 fiscal year where President Trump recommends the elimination of the National Endowment of the Arts.

Arts for Colorado is diligently working with Americans for the Arts (AFTA), Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), and the Arts Action Fund. Now is the time to stand with Arts for Colorado. Your membership is needed more than ever to assist in this endeavor. To learn more about how you can help save the NEA, please view the list below (click on the sections to be directed to more information).

Sincerely, Dr. Jay Seller President, Arts for Colorado

 

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Six New Colorado Creative Districts

Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) and the Boettcher Foundation announced the certification of six new Creative Districts into the Colorado Creative Districts Program on June 16, 2016. The new Creative Districts are Breckenridge Arts District, Carbondale Creative District, Crested Butte Creative District, Fort Collins Creative District, Golden Triangle Creative District and Mancos Creative District.

In Corey Jones’s article, Colorado’s Six New “Creative Districts” Will Share $240K From the State, he states that the Colorado Creative Districts Program “rewards communities like these across the state that have made big strides to support their artists and creative businesses.” One of the benefits of being a part of the program is that the Creative Districts will share $240,000 from the state, which “come[s] from gambling funds, provides general financial support and also cover[s] the cost of other needs like technical and marketing assistance as well as leadership training.”

With the Boettcher Foundation no longer providing funds to the Creative Districts, Colorado Creative Industries has had to strategically disperse the funds. Jones interviewed Colorado Creative Industries Director Margaret Hunt, who said, “As the number more »

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STATE ECONOMISTS PROJECT CONTINUED BUDGET SHORTFALLS

While the state’s economy continues to dig its way out of the worst recession since the Great Depression, state revenues are not growing fast enough to keep up with increasing demands for state services caused, in part, by the severe recession.

That was made clear Monday when state economists presented their quarterly revenue and economic forecasts to the legislature’s Joint Budget Committee. While they projected shortfalls for this fiscal year and next, they also indicated that Colorado’s economy is showing signs of a slow but steady recovery.

Legislative Council Staff economists estimate the state will have sufficient revenue to cover the current General Fund appropriations but will need $181.5 million more to fully fund the 4 percent reserve required by state law. Another $67.2 million is needed to make up for federal Medicaid funds that are projected to come in lower than was estimated last session. This means the legislature and governor will have to cover a projected $248.7 million shortfall in the current fiscal year (through June 30, 2011).

Gov. Bill Ritter submitted a proposal in August that addresses more »

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