In honor of the arrival of summer and the travel season, the Bookbuilder would like to endorse traveling in search of inspiration—visual, cultural, or narrative.
Archive for June 1st, 2009
When you think about the government and its involvement in your lives, what comes to mind? Taxes? Laws? Laws about taxes? Sometimes the knee-jerk assumption is that the government’s overall job is to stifle and control our lives. Yes, there are rules put in place, governing our lives to an extent, and we also have the ability to agree or disagree with them. That’s our right as American citizens. But what I have been seeing more and more during my time at Red Hen is how the government provides something else, which is hands-down, absolutely imperative in ensuring that a society thrives and reaches its full potential: funding for the arts.
When it comes to Uncle Sam’s involvement in the arts (at least in my world, i.e. California), he makes his presence known on four levels: city, county, state, and federal. These levels of support exist in four agencies. At the city level, there is the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Second, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission at the county level, the California Arts Council at the state level, and finally the National Endowment for the Arts at the federal level. Non profit arts organizations are eligible to apply for funding from these agencies. They offer all types of support, from general operating support to capacity building projects, to program development.
The next few posts from me will outline the process of applying to government funding for the arts. I’ll also include some facts about arts funding in California, the United States, and related issues. Stay tuned!