Contributions to the Delaware Arts Alliance help us achieve our mission of being the unified voice for the arts, arts education, and arts and the economy in Delaware.
Delaware Arts Alliance is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your contribution is fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Since our founding in 2009, DAA has made a significant impact on the arts in the First State. The State Arts Agency Fiscal Year 2016 Legislative Appropriations Preview report of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) showed that Delaware is now third in the nation for Per Capita State Arts Agency Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2016. DAA helped increase and bring 80% (state funding) and 20% (federal funding) of the State Arts Budget in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Our advocacy efforts at the Federal level have resulted in Senator Chris Coons voting to increase arts funding three years in a row, as well as bringing arts issues directly to our elected officials in Congress.
By making an investment in DAA, you can expect a return in our work on behalf of the arts community in the First State. Support to DAA made our 2016 arts advocacy programs and activities possible:
- Special Arts Rendezvous “Meet the Candidates” Programs: Focusing on the 2016 elections, DAA organized programs with candidates running for Lieutenant Governor, Congress, Governor and a special session on our VoterVoice advocacy software in New Castle, Kent, Sussex Counties.
- Delaware Arts Advocacy Day: DAA launched the first-ever Delaware Arts Advocacy Day on June 9, at Legislative Hall in Dover, with the support of State Senator Brian Bushweller.
- DAA 2016 Voter Guide: In August, DAA launched the 2016 Voter Guide, a matrix detailing the candidates’ views on the arts.
- DAA Think Tank: DAA created a “Think Tank” series with Senator Tom Carper and a discussion with Representative John Carney for Institutional Supporters and arts professionals.
- Arts Advocacy Awards: DAA organized the inaugural Arts Advocacy Awards October 10, in partnership with UD and DDOA, which recognized individuals for their achievements furthering the arts.
- Joint Finance Committee Hearings: DAA provided testimony at the General Assembly’s Joint Finance Committee in February to the Departments of State and Education making the case for arts and arts education funding.
- National Arts Advocacy Day: DAA led a Delaware delegation of statewide arts leaders for National Arts Advocacy Day on March 8, in DC visiting the offices of our elected officials in support of NEA funding.
Our arts advocacy goals and programs are exciting—and possible with your partnership and support.