Tuesday, August 4, 2011
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Expanding Opportunities for Rural Artists
Montana Arts Council / Ravalli County Economic Development Authority
The Montana Arts Council recently announced that it will receive $175,105 in new federal funds to promote job skills training for Montana Artists. This federal funding, provided from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Community Development Initiative, will expand the Arts Council's Montana Artrepreneur Program (MAP). MAP is a training program specifically designed to help Native American and rural artists enhance their business planning practices, promote their products and broaden markets for their work. The program also helps small cohorts of artists to develop regional networks that provide peer support and foster future collaborations.
The Montana Arts Council is partnering with the Ravalli County Economic Development Authority to offer the program in four Ravalli County communities. The project will develop a cadre of trainers who will extend the MAP curriculum and resources to artists in other areas of the state. The new funds will augment Leveraging Investments in Creativity grant funding that supports a variety of traditional arts business development services offered by the Arts Council. For more information, contact Folk Art and Market Development Specialist Cindy Kittredge.
Raising Revenues for the Arts
Tax Checkoff Program
California Arts Council
Following legislation enacted in 2010 to authorize income tax donations to the California Arts Council (CAC), the agency has secured $152,465 in contributed funds in calendar year 2011. The state's tax return forms now allow California taxpayers to contribute part of their personal income tax refund to the California Arts Council. Funds will be used to support arts education and community arts programs. No funds may be used for administrative expenses.
Individuals can make tax-deductible contributions in amounts of $1 or more. The state's Franchise Tax Board has released figures showing that state tax filers have made 15,321 donations to the Arts Council fund through June 2011, with contributions averaging around $10 per donor. The Arts Council has created special promotional materials—including fliers and web banner ads—to help grantees and arts organizations encourage contributions from arts audiences and community members. To learn more about this revenue enhancement mechanism, contact CAC Deputy Director Marilyn Nielsen. For information on income tax revenues generated by other state arts agencies, contact NASAA Research Associate Henry Clapp.