January 9, 2014 |
Advocates of boosting California's meager state-funded grants to the arts received official word Thursday that they've got some heavy lifting to do, because Gov. Jerry Brown's new budget proposal has no good news for the arts. Brown's budget plan calls for an overall 8.5% spending increase, including major boosts to education, but envisions a $9,000 cut for the state's arts-grant agency, the California Arts Council - from a projected $5.058 million in the current fiscal year to $5.049 million in the 2014-15 budget year that begins July 1. Brown's budget also would exact a small cut from another cultural program: the budget for the state-run California Science Center in L.A.'s Exposition Park, which also includes funding for the next-door California African American Museum.
July 16, 2013 |
The $2 million budget boost for the California Arts Council likely will allow the Golden State to shed its dubious distinction as the nation's stingiest state for arts-grant funding for just the second time since 2003. The additional money that Assembly Speaker John Perez funneled to the Arts Council on Monday, using a discretionary account that was at his sole disposal, boosts its total funding to $7.024 million for the just-begun 2013-14 fiscal year. That's 18.5 cents each for about 38 million Californians - up from 14 cents in 2012-13.
July 15, 2013 |
California's arts grant-making agency announced Monday that it will get $3 million this year from state coffers instead of the $1 million called for in the budget legislators passed in June, thanks to Assembly Speaker John Perez, who's providing the extra money from discretionary funds under his control. It's the first increase in taxpayer-supported funding in more than a decade for the California Arts Council. Since the agency's budget was slashed more than 90% during a recession 10 years ago, California has ranked at or near the bottom nationally in per-capita funding for arts grants.
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July 14, 2013 |
One principal quit even before the flagship arts high school in downtown Los Angeles enrolled its first students in 2009. The school opened with two leaders, and both were gone by the end of the first year. The next principal lasted a year. Two high-profile principals from arts high schools elsewhere accepted the job twice - and backed out twice. Now it's happened again. After less than two years on the job, Norman Isaacs has resigned as principal of the Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts.
June 15, 2013 |
Arts advocates who tried to throw a touchdown bomb in Sacramento this spring were sacked for a loss instead Friday as the California Legislature passed a $234-billion budget that cuts funding for the state's arts grant-making agency 7.6%. The budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year that begins July 1 includes $5.024 million for the California Arts Council -- $412,000 less than its current funding. It's a far cry from the $75 million in guaranteed annual funding that arts advocates had sought in a bill that got tabled last month in the state Assembly's appropriations committee.
May 31, 2013 |
A bill in Sacramento that would have decisively erased California's longstanding dubious distinction as the stingiest state in the nation for arts-grant funding has failed for now. Some backers hope it might be revived next year. The bill would have secured $75 million in guaranteed annual funding for the California Arts Council but was frozen last week without a vote. Now advocates aim to persuade legislators and Gov. Jerry Brown to give the agency at least a modest increase as they determine the state budget for the coming fiscal year.