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Feb 2016

The DC Council has released the FY 16 Oversight, FY 17 Budget hearing schedule. These hearings are a great opportunity to turn up in support of the arts. In past years hearing dates have shifted for various reasons, but the preliminary hearing dates are: Oversight Hearing DC Commission on the Arts (looking back at last…

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Feb 2015

We’re thrilled to announce the speakers for DC’s 11th annual Arts Advocacy Day! Keynote Speakers: Kay Kendall – Chair of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Richard Reyes-Gavilan – Executive Director of the DC Public Library Ed Lazere – Executive Director of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute Andrew Taylor – Arts Administration Professor…

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Jul 2014

Experienced advocates for the arts will remember that within last year’s budget, Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans (and the Council) nested a dedicated funding mechanism for the Arts for fiscal years 2015- 2017.  The mechanism would allocate a percentage of the collected sales tax, up to $20 million per year, to the DC Commission on…

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May 2013

Dear Arts Advocates, Robert Bettmann asked that I provide my analysis of the recent arts bill introduced by Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans. I know the intention of your efforts is to ensure stable, level funding for the arts. I think there are some things the arts community should be concerned about. In addition to…

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Apr 2013

The Mayor’s FY14 budget proposal includes a $6 million dollar year on year decrease in local funds for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH). The DCCAH is a central support for artists, arts education, and arts organizations in the District, and DCCAH grants are essential to the arts in all eight wards….

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Apr 2013

Arts funding was cut five times in the four years between 2009 and 2012, from over $14 million FY09 down to under $4 million FY12. We in the arts community thought we had finally gotten through the worst when last year the budget of the DCCAH got a great rebound — back to $11 million….

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Feb 2013

The District of Columbia stepped in to save the Lincoln Theater from bankruptcy two years ago, and has been temporarily operating the theater while searching for a new long term proprietor. You can see an article in the Washington Business Journal here: http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/breaking_ground/2012/12/dc-offers-historic-lincoln-theatre.html The problem faced by the 1,000 seat theater venue is very simply…

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Feb 2013

The oversight hearing for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is February 28, 2013. Many arts supporters know that they want to support the arts, and are prepared to testify, but don’t know exactly what they should say, or how to say it. Here are a few answers to specific questions about the…

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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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