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Time to Nominate NC’s Next Poet Laureate

From the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources: RALEIGH—Nominations for the state’s next poet laureate, the ambassador of North Carolina literature, will be accepted now through October 14, online at www.NCDCR.gov/PoetLaureate. The timeline is short, so immediate attention to nominations is encouraged. The post, created by the General Assembly in 1935, uses the office as […]

Let’s Thank Our State Government Reps

For the first time in what feels like a long time, the state budget signed earlier this month by the North Carolina governor sustained funding to the North Carolina Arts Council at current levels. ARTS North Carolina is asking constituents to write a hard copy letter to your Senator and Representative at their Raleigh office: […]

NC Arts Day

By Ed Southern, Executive Director, North Carolina Writers’ Network Yesterday I joined hundreds of other representatives from North Carolina’s arts organizations for “Arts Day” at the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh. We spent the day visiting legislators in their offices, making the case for sustained funding of the North Carolina Arts Council and its […]

Sales Tax on Amusements Call To Action

  As we’ve written about here in the past, the North Carolina state government is considering a series of tax reforms, including assessing sales tax on “amusement activities.” ARTS North Carolina believes such a tax would hurt arts organizations across the state, and is asking individuals and organizations in counties with Legislators who serve on the Revenue […]

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 […]

Tax Reform Update

From our friends at Arts North Carolina: A Tax Reform package passed both the House and the Senate today. The package ensures that arts nonprofits continue to receive sales tax refunds; the cap on refunds is $45,000. The package also includes full tax credit for charitable donations from people who itemize. It does not include […]

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 […]

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 […]