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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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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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Dec 2010

Jonetta Rose Barras reported December 14th, 2010 in The Examiner on the upcoming creative economy round-table hosted by Council-member Michael Brown, and the value of supporting creative economy jobs. An excerpt: “This could go down as jobs week in the District: Mayor-elect Vincent Gray kicked off things Monday with his job summit. At-large Council Member…

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Dec 2010

The budget of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is threatened by a proposed cut of over $500,000 in the gap closing budget. Please call Chairman Gray and Development Committee Chair Kwame Brown today, December 6th 2010, to let them know you don’t want them to cut arts funding again. Tell them: Arts…

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Oct 2010

The October 17, 2010 New York Times featured Professor Martha Nussbaum’s opinion piece, Cultivating the Imagination, on the importance of teaching the Humanities. An excerpt: “To keep democracy vital, we urgently need the abilities that the humanities foster. First, we need critical thinking: the ability to debate respectfully with others, to tell a good argument…

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Oct 2010

Writing for the Arizona Daily Star on October 16, 2010 Cathalena E. Burch reported on the impact of reduced government funding. An excerpt: “When the Tucson Pima Arts Council this week announced the recipients of its 2010-11 grants, several major arts organizations were not on the list. Significant among them: Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Arizona…

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Sep 2010

Statement released by At-large Council-member Michael Brown on September 23rd, 2010 following the Hearing on Bill B18-451: “A year after its introduction by Council-member Mary Cheh, the ‘Artist Protection Act of 2009’ received a hearing in the Committee on Public Services and Consumer Affairs today. The bill seeks to protect artists by establishing a legal…

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Sep 2010

On Wednesday September 22nd, Ward 4 Council-member Muriel Bowser convened a hearing of the Public Services and Community Affairs committee to consider Bill B18-451. Positive support for the bill was provided by Council-member Bowser in her statement at the hearing, and in testimony from: the DC Bar Arts, Entertainment, Media and Sports Law Section; the…

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