Why is Advocacy for the Arts in Delaware Important?
In Delaware, we are very fortunate to have full support of the arts by Governor Jack Markell, Secretary of State Bullock, and the legislature. However, there is still a need to advocate for funding for the arts:
- Any reduction in Delaware Division of the Arts (DDOA) funding puts arts organizations and artists statewide at risk.
- The National Endowment for the Arts is at risk of losing funding. For two years in a row the U.S. House Appropriations Committee has reduced its budget allocation by 21%.
- There are factions in Washington, DC that perceive funding for the arts as unnecessary spending.
- DAA makes the case so Delaware’s legislature provides funding not coming at federal level.
- The Delaware Division of the Arts depends on the National Endowment for the Arts for 15% of its budget.
Some states do not enjoy strong government support of the arts as in Delaware. The Kansas Citizens for the Arts suffered a blow in 2011 when Gov. Sam Brownback eliminated the Kansas Arts Commission and in doing so prevented the National Endowment for the Arts from offering matching grants to arts organizations in Kansas. In South Carolina in June 2011, the Legislature overturned the governor’s veto of next year’s funding for the South Carolina Arts Commission with a 112 against 8 votes in the House. The South Carolina Arts Alliance worked hard with legislatures to override the veto.