DAA fully supports state funding of the arts.  We are launching the #WhyDEArtsMatter Campaign to let our elected officials know that Delaware’s arts community supports the Delaware Division of the Arts and opposes significant reductions in state funding of the arts.

#WhyDEArtsMatter Advocacy News and Updates

July 3, 2017

State Budget Arts Funding Update!

The General Assembly approved the FY2018 operating budget late Sunday, July 2. The Division of the Arts received a $70,000 reduction in funding for grants, representing a 2.5% decrease in funding available for grants. The cut is in line with what we communicated a few days ago.

This is without a doubt an arts advocacy victory, considering some of the more drastic measures that were floated during a quite contentious budgeting process this year!

Thanks for your support of the arts, and all the advocacy work during these challenging times. We will be in touch as more information emerges and as we have to pivot now to defend the NEA at a federal level.

Arts advocacy efforts are not over yet! Stayed tuned to DAA’s #WhyDEArtsMatter page.

 

June 26, 2017

Letter from DAA Institutional Supporters: Commitment to Preserve State Arts Funding for the Delaware Division of the Arts

The Delaware Arts Alliance’s Institutional Supporters stand united in support of preserving arts funding, rather than cuts to the state arts budget. This letter is a show of support:

On May 30, the Joint Finance Committee voted to cut state arts grant funding by $550,000. The proposed cut from the Joint Finance Committee represents a nearly 20% cut in state funding for arts programming affecting the ability of the Delaware Division of the Arts to support the arts across the state. The sector understands the difficult choices the Joint Finance Committee needs to make, but the suggested cut is disproportionate to other proposed cuts, considering the 4.5% shared sacrifice proposed by Governor Carney.

Arts institutions and programing in Delaware enhance our communities and also make a significant impact on Delaware’s economy. The arts are one of the leading indicators in quality of life, and they serve as a means to recruit and retain talented people seeking a place to live.

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, Americans for the Arts’ economic impact study released in June 2017, demonstrates that the arts in Delaware:

  • Represent a $149.9 million industry;
  • Support 4,062 full time jobs (among top 10 employers in Delaware);
  • Generate $10.4 million dollars in local and state revenue; and
  • Cultivate an entrepreneurial environment for Delaware’s new economy.

Proposed cuts could have a devastating impact on many fronts across the state, including:

  • Jeopardizing direct employment in the arts (arts administration, marketing and support services, artists);
  • Reducing public arts programming, negatively impacting ancillary businesses and downtown economic activity which in turn, will reduce revenue for the state;
  • Negatively impacting arts education programming services to schools and communities serving 250,000 youth annually; and
  • Undercutting advances made in providing arts programming for healthcare initiatives, creative aging, special needs population, early childhood development, and downtown redevelopment.

The arts sector relies on the support of the state through grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts to implement our arts programming and goals. It is a critical part of funding for arts institutions—both large and small. Without state funding, arts positions will vanish, programming will lessen. Our community will not have the same level of access to the arts. But perhaps most importantly and as the state requires revenue streams, a $550,000 cut could jeopardize a sector of the economy that currently generates more than $10 million dollars in local and state revenue, representing a 3-to-1 return on investment. Since the Arts & Economic Prosperity data clearly demonstrate that the tax revenue generating power of the state’s cultural sector exceeds $10 Million per year, a 20% cut in the state’s investment in that sector will negatively impact that revenue total, and could, in fact, result in a higher loss.

We ask you to consider finding a revenue solution to preserve state arts funding.

Respectfully yours in unity,

 

Arts in Media

Biggs Museum of American Art

Cathedral Choir School of Delaware

Chapel Street Players

Christina Cultural Arts Center

City Theater Company

Clear Space Theatre Company

Coastal Concerts

Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA)

Delaware Art Educator Association

Delaware Art Museum

Delaware First Media

Delaware Contemporary (DCCA)

Delaware Photographic Society

Delaware Shakespeare

Delaware State Chamber of Commerce

Delaware Symphony Orchestra

Delaware Theatre Company

Dream Art Studios & Voz Latina Magazine

El Tiempo Hispano

First State Ballet

The Grand Opera House

Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitor’s Bureau

Hoy en Delaware

The Light Up The Queen Foundation

Market Street Music

Melómanie

The Music School of Delaware

Newark Arts Alliance

Opera Delaware

Pieces of a Dream

Possum Point Players

Rainbow Chorale of Delaware

Rehoboth Art League

Rehoboth Beach Film Society

Rehoboth Children Theatre

Community Engagement Initiative University of Delaware

College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Delaware

Department of Art & Design

Department of Music

Department of Theatre

Resident Ensemble Players Master Player Concert Series

Wilmington Renaissance Corp.

June 22, 2017

Delaware Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 Report Released!

The Delaware Division of the Arts released the Delaware Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 (AEP5) Report.  The report shows that the nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $149.9 million in annual economic activity in the State of Delaware supporting 4,062 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $10.5 million in local and state government revenues, according to the study conducted by Americans for the Arts.

AEP5 serves as a powerful tool for communicating the impact of the Delaware arts sector on the state’s economy–which is critical ahead of the Joint Finance Committee’s decision to cut arts funding by nearly 20% and the June 30 vote by the General Assembly.

Please utilize AEP5 in your arts advocacy efforts to legislators.

Delaware AEP5 One-page Summary

Delaware AEP5 Full Report

Delaware AEP5 Brochure insert

Delaware AEP5 Presentation

May 31, 2017

Help DAA advocate to Delaware’s General Assembly to NOT cut state funding for arts programming.

On the afternoon of May 30, Delaware’s Joint Finance Committee voted to cut state arts grant funding by $550,000. This represents a nearly 20% cut in state funding for arts programming. Delaware’s General Assembly will be voting on this budget issue soon so this requires your IMMEDIATE action.

What does this mean?

A $550,000 cut representing a nearly 20% cut in state funding for arts programming:

  • Will jeopardize direct employment in the arts (arts administration, marketing and support services, artists)
  • Will result in reduced public arts programming, negatively impacting ancillary businesses and downtown economic activity which in turn, will reduce revenue for the state
  • Will negatively impact arts education programming services to schools serving 250,000 annually
  • Will undercut advances made in providing arts programming for healthcare initiatives, creative aging, special needs population, early childhood development, and downtown redevelopment

There is a small window of time for us to rally and get the General Assembly to add money back into the arts grant funding budget before the budget vote.

Here is what you can do TODAY:

1) Click this link to reach out to your elected officials via email and phone, we’ve provided some talking points for you.
2) Pass this email along to your networks in Delaware and ask them to to do the same.
3) We want to hear from you! Please get in touch with us at JBall@delawareartsalliance.org if you have any creative ideas about how we can join to fight this devastating cut to the arts.

This is just the first step in the fight against this budget cut.  We will be in touch soon with more ways that you can help.

#WhyDeArtsMatter Postcard Campaign

DAA has created a postcard template, which can be printed and mailed to elected officials to show your support of state and federal funding of the arts. You can get creative in spreading the word–host a postcard party and invite your friends to fill out postcards or share these virtually to your network. Consider using one of the “Top Ten Reasons to Support Funding of the Arts” in the message section.

There are two postcard template types for each campaign: one you can print on any home printer and one that you can have professionally printed.

Home Printing:
Download this 8.5” X 11” size template
Print on 8.5” X 11” paper
Fold and tape
Customize your message (consider using one of the “Top Ten Reasons to Support Funding of the Arts”)
Add postcard postage and mail to your elected officials

#WhyDEArtsMatter State Funding Postcard Print at Home

Professional Printing:
Download these standard size postcard templates (front and back)
Upload to a professional printing site that prints postcards (like Vista Print, Staples, etc.)
When your postcards arrive, customize your message (consider using one of the “Top Ten Reasons to Support Funding of the Arts”)
Add postcard postage and mail to your elected officials

#WhyDEArtsMatter State funding professional printing template back

#WhyDEArtsMatter State funding professional printing template front

#WhyDEArtsMatter Social Media Campaign

We are asking DAA Members, Institutional Supporters, and friends to participate in the #WhyDEArtsMatter social media campaign. DAA will be posting stories, action alerts, and news on our social media sites.  Please share with your social media network. Also share your stories and reasons why the arts are important to you and why you support state funding of the arts with the hashtag #WhyDEArtsMatter.  When tweeting your reasons, consider including your elected officials’ twitter handles along with the hashtag #WhyDEArtsMatter

Advocacy Resources and Fact Sheets

Talking Points for Legislators

DAA has assembled talking points detailing the impact of the arts on the state of Delaware. Use these to make the case for the arts.

Talking Points for Arts Cuts

Top Ten Reasons to Support Funding of the Arts

DAA upholds the Americans for the Arts’ Top Ten Reasons to Support Funding of the Arts.  We added some facts about the impact of the arts on Delaware’s economy and culture in this list below.  Click on the link below for the list and add one of these reasons on your postcard.  Share the list on social media too!

Top 10 Reasons to Support the Arts

Top Ten Reasons to Support the Arts poster

Stories on the Impact of the Arts

DAA worked with the Delaware Division of the Arts in presenting a compilation of real-life stories to support the data we have about why the arts are important.  As Randy Cohen from Americans for the Arts says about arts advocacy, “No stories without data, and no data without stories”.

You can read this impactful collection of stories here: DDOA Arts Stories

State and Federal Funding for Delaware’s Art Sector

Here is a useful diagram from the Delaware Division of the Arts, which shows how the Delaware arts sector is funded by the state and federal government.

DDOA Funding Sources FY2017