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Dec 2012

Testimony of Robert Bettmann to the Committee on Economic Development Chairman Kwame Brown Regarding the Draft FY 11 Budget for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities April 27th 2010 Thank you Chairman Brown, council staff, and members of the Committee for the opportunity to testify today. As an artist, and Chair of the…

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Dec 2012

Council of the District of Columbia Committee on Economic Development Committee Chairperson Kwame R. Brown 1350 Pennsylvania, Avenue, NW Suite 506 Washington, DC 20004 April 27, 2010 Dear Chairman Brown,                                      My name is Abdur-Rahim Muhammad a fourth generation Washingtonian and the Founder & President of the Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute.  We’re a…

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Dec 2012

Testimony of Robert Bettmann Chair, DC Advocates for the Arts to the Committee on Public Service and Consumer Affairs Public Hearing on Bill 18-451: Artist Protection Act Wednesday, September 22, 2010 11:00 a.m., Room 500 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, D.C. 20004 I want to thank Chairman Bowser, the Committee staff, and members of the…

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Jun 2011

On June 8th, 2011 from 6:30-8:00pm the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, the DC Advocates for the Arts, and International Arts and Artists offered a joint event designed to inform members about the legal rules for non-profit lobbying. The event, titled “Legal guidelines for Non-Profit Advocates, or What Am I Allowed to Say (and…

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May 2011

On April 1st, the Mayor released a budget that includes plans to again slash support for artists, arts organizations, and arts education. The District can’t balance the budget by eliminating arts supports, but in the last three years they’ve reduced local funds for the DC Commission by almost ten million, down to $3.92 proposed for…

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Apr 2011

Despite increased difficulty providing equal access to the arts for District schoolchildren and residents, funding for DC Arts and Humanities is again in jeopardy. Arts support in the District is disappearing. Funding for DC’s arts agency, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) has been gutted in the last three years, from over…

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Feb 2011

Billboard magazine published an interview with the Mayor of Portland, Oregon, February 14, 2011 exploring his support for the arts. An excerpt: “In addition to the art and music, Portland also has high unemployment [10.7% in November 2010, according to the Portland Business Journal] and teacher layoffs. In the face of this issue, how do…

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Feb 2011

In the European system, government arts funding covers the majority of non-profit unearned expenses. In response to the threat of significant new arts cuts Richard Eyre, former Artistic Director of England’s National Theater blogged in the Guardian about the issue February 15, 2011. An excerpt: “Of course it’s irritating for politicians to have to endure…

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Feb 2011

Writing in TBD-Arts on January 5th, 2011, Maura Judkis reported on our organization’s efforts to document the impact of DCCAH funding. An excerpt: “Some of this years grantees who have previously received city funding have already posted about the difference that just a few thousand dollars can make. ‘Artists from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Shakespeare…

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Feb 2011

President Obama’s FY12 budget contains three big negatives for arts and humanities lovers and creative economy workers in the District of Columbia. He proposed a National Endowment for the Arts budget reduction from 167 million to 145 million, and a National Endowment for the Humanities budget reductions from 168 to 146 million. Both of those…

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