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Some Good News on the State Budget

A heartfelt thanks goes out to all of you who took time over the past few months to call or e-mail your state representatives and stood up for the arts in North Carolina. We received some good news today—the fruit of our labors. Please consider thanking your representatives for listening to those of us who value the arts in […]

Call to Action Extended

From ARTS North Carolina: If you have taken action to communicate with Legislators about the North Carolina Arts Council budget and about tax reform affecting all nonprofit arts organizations, THANK YOU!! If you have not taken action, contacting Legislators should be this week’s priority. The current Call to Actions do not expire until the conference […]

New Call to Action for Members

From our friends at ARTS North Carolina: The 2013-2015 North Carolina biennium budget has entered the “conference” phase. There are profound differences between the House and the Senate regarding grants recommendations for the North Carolina Arts Council. Over the two year budget cycle the difference is a loss of $1,280,000 (Senate) or a loss of […]

Good News from NCGA, But There’s More to Do

From our friends at ARTS North Carolina: It’s been a busy 24 hours at the General Assembly as the House debated its budget on the floor for eight hours yesterday and took a final vote today. And the results are… Initial House Budget North Carolina Arts Council Grants – $228,000 in reductions for both years […]

Play Me Some Mountain Music

Did you know that eleven musicians from western North Carolina have been awarded a National Heritage Fellowship—the country’s greatest honor in the traditional arts? Or that the banjo was introduced to western North Carolina by African slaves migrating west from the Piedmont to the South Carolina Low Country? Of course, North Carolina has since produced […]

Ed Southern on the Arts as Economic Engine

A guest column by North Carolina Writers’ Network Executive Director Ed Southern appeared in yesterday’s Winston-Salem Journal. For nearly a century now, our state has built, sustained and justified a remarkable tradition of support for the arts. We opened a state-sponsored School of the Arts despite the opponents who dismissed it as “toe-dancing school.” We […]

House General Government Committee Debating Budget – Action Needed

In the proposed state budget released Monday, May 20, the North Carolina Arts Council saw their operating budget slashed by a disproportionate amount in relation to other programs in the NC Department of Cultural Resources. The state’s proposed budget doubled the cuts recommended by Governor Pat McCrory. Such a drastic reduction to the NCAC’s operating […]

Creative Jobs in NC Up 8.5 Percent

Given the recently proposed budget cuts to the North Carolina Arts Council, we thought this was worth passing along. The bulletpoints below are especially interesting, and worth remembering when weighing the value of the arts to our local economy. Findings from the annual Creative Vitality Index (CVI) update, released last week, show an increase of […]

Senate Budget Update

Thank you to the many Network members who responded to Monday’s Call to Action. We thought you would want to see the update below, especially the news that legislators took note of your many phone calls and e-mails. They have learned—in case they didn’t already know—that we’re paying attention. Please note that this is just […]

Proposed Senate Budget Slashes Arts Funding: Call Senator Brunstetter Today!

From our friends at the North Carolina Arts Council: Last night the Senate released its Biennium budget for 2013-2015. We are profoundly disappointed and concerned that Senate leadership has disproportionately targeted the North Carolina Arts Council for debilitating cuts of $1.78 million to the grants programs and administration. This recommendation represents a 8% reduction in […]