Hearing Scheduled for Bill on Artists’ Protection – Call for Testimony

In response to the advocacy of hundreds of local artists and arts allies – organized by the DC Advocates for the Arts – Bill B18-451 is scheduled for public hearing Wednesday September 22nd. It’s critical that our community offer testimony at the hearing to help policy-makers understand our support for this bill. You can download the hearing notice here. An excerpt from the hearing notice: “Bill 18-451: Artist Protection Act would protect artists in transactions for works of art. Under current District law, works of art owned by artists but in the possessions of galleries can be seized by creditors of the gallery. Passage of this bill would place the District in the company of more than two dozen states that have statutes that govern consignments of works of art with galleries. Specifically, the bill would clarify that works of art loaned to galleries are not subject to the gallerys creditors, and offer other protections.” Testimony may be given in person, or submitted in writing. If you are interested in testifying please contact us at steering@dcadvocatesforthearts.org. We’ll be having a session to round-table discuss giving testimony, and the specifics of this issue, in early September. If you are with an arts organization please contact George Koch or Amber Robles-Gordon to sign on to a group letter in support of this bill. You can read more about this issue in articles in The Washington City Paper, and Washington Examiner.


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