IMPORTANT ADVOCACY UPDATE – City of San Diego Arts and Culture Budget Hearing May 8, 2018


City of San Diego Arts and Culture Budget Hearing May 8, 2018

Our advocacy efforts to stop deep budget cuts for arts and culture at the City have been heard! Thanks to everyone’s united voice, Mayor Kevin Faulconer has proposed an FY19 budget for arts and culture with only a 2% cut to the existing $14.6 million budget, in line with other departments. 

The upcoming Arts and Culture Budget Hearing will be an important meeting for us to be present and for Council members to see us. 

We have an organized presentation already arranged to hit the high points for our advocacy efforts, but we definitely need you in the room! 

We will be completing and submitting “Decline to Speak but in Support” forms for each of you. You do NOT need to fill in anything when you arrive. In order for us to submit the form on your behalf, please answer these questions.

When: Tuesday, May 8, 2018 
Time: 9am – 12pm
Where: City Administration Building, 202 C Street, San Diego, CA 92191, 12th Floor

This will be the only Budget Hearing meeting we need to attend!

Thank You

Your efforts are truly paying off. Let’s keep focused!

IMPORTANT ADVOCACY UPDATE – City of San Diego Arts and Culture Funding


City of San Diego Arts and Culture Funding
April 12, 2018

Our advocacy efforts to stop deep budget cuts for arts & culture at the City have been heard! Thanks to everyone’s united voice, Mayor Kevin Faulconer has proposed an FY19 budget for arts and culture with only a 2% cut to the existing $14.6 million budget.  

This is a “fair share cut” in line with other city departments – far below the possible 30%+ cut – and one that we plan to support going forward through budget hearings.

BUT that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop – we must continue to demonstrate the value of arts and culture in our communities – and work with City Council during the Budget Hearings to assure there are no further cuts.

Next Important Date

Monday, April 16, 2018

Mayor presents FY 2019 Proposed Budget at City Council – 2pm

Next Important Action

Next week, we will share with you social media messaging for our support of the Mayor’s budget that you can use to update your patrons and in any community meetings with Councilmembers.

In It for the Long Haul

All our efforts now are laying the groundwork for developing strategies over the next couple of years for a long-term solution to assure there is reliable, viable sustained funding for arts and culture.

Thank You

Your efforts are truly paying off. Let’s keep focused!

SDRACC Appoints Three New Steering Committee Members

SDRACC is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to its Steering Committee. Chris Chalupsky is the Sr. Manager of Arts and Community Partnerships for the San Diego AirportLlewellyn Crain is the Director of Development for The Old Globe, and Yvonne Wise is the Chief Curator & Head of Office of Arts and Culture for the Port of San Diego. Each new member brings a wealth of experience and commitment to the arts and culture for the San Diego region.

To learn more about the Steering Committee, click here.

ICYM: CAC’s New Director, Anne Bown-Crawford Visit to San Diego

We were proud to host in partnership with the California Arts Advocates the new California Arts Council director, Anne Bown-Crawford on Thursday, March 15th at The Old Globe. In case you missed this event, here’s a great article from the San Diego Union Tribune

Thank you to The Old Globe for hosting and to Toni Robin at TR/PR Public Relations | Marketing for the donated media work. Thank you to everyone that attended. Be on the lookout for more upcoming events from SDRACC.

Breaking News : Arts Victory in Congress!

News from Americans for the Arts

Victory! The voices of arts advocates were heard on Capitol Hill.

On March 21, 2018, Congress released the details of its delayed current year FY 2018 Omnibus spending bill. I am pleased to share that arts advocates like you helped convince Congress to reject President Trump’s proposal to terminate the nation’s cultural agencies. In fact, Congress has allocated an INCREASE in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to$152.849 million each. Please check our blog post for a detailed list of of Omnibus allocations to each of the federal cultural agencies and arts education programs.

This victory is such a fitting tribute to last week’s passing of Congressional Arts Caucus Co-Chair Representative Louise Slaughter, who spent her career in Congress fighting for the arts. She had most recently co-authored an Arts Advocacy Day “Dear Colleague” letter to her fellow Members of Congress recruiting a record number of 166 House Democrats and Republicans to sign a joint letter to House Appropriators to increase arts funding in America.

Together, Arts Action Fund members provided a strong and united voice for the arts:

·Grassroots arts advocates sent close to 200,000 messages to Members of Congress, thousands more signed our petitions and visited their elected Representatives and Senators.

·Our Arts Action Fund PAC was incredibly effective in educating and supporting key leaders in Congress to take an important stand on the arts.

·Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Ken Calvert (R-CA), soundly rejected President Trump’s attempt to terminate our nation’s cultural agencies.

·Persuasive and timely ads were placed in political publications during key decision times to inform Members of Congress about the latest research on the economic power of the arts.

Below are the final funding levels for the cultural agencies:

Key Federally Funded Arts Program/Agency

(in $ millions)

President Trump’s


U.S. House


U.S. Senate

Committee Proposal



FY 2018 Funding

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)





National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)





Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)





Corporation for Public Broadcasting


$445 (plus $0 for interconnection system)

$445 (plus $20 for interconnection system)

$445(plus $20 for interconnection system)

Assistance for Arts Education





Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants





Smithsonian Institution





John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts





National Gallery of Art





U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum





Save America’s Treasures





Commission of Fine Arts





National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs





Educational and Cultural Exchange programs





Community Development Block Grants


































Meet California Arts Council Director, Anne Bown-Crawford

Thursday, March 15th at 4pm to Meet California Arts Council Director, Anne Bown-Crawford

The San Diego Regional Arts & Culture Coalition in partnership with the California Arts Advocates and Californians for the Arts invites our region’s arts and culture leaders to meet Governor Jerry Brown’s recently appointed Director of the California Arts Council, Anne Bown-Crawford.
Learn about Anne’s vision for advancing arts, culture and creativity in California, and get the latest updates on critical regional and national arts advocacy issues.

We are happy to welcome and host Anne Bown-Crawford in Balboa Park, a pilot Cultural District designated by the California Arts Council.

Limited Seats. RSVP via this link.

After the reception, please join us at Panama 66 to mix and mingle with art and culture leaders from the San Diego region.


Thank you to our partners


Action Alert: City of San Diego Arts and Culture Funding

City of San Diego Arts and Culture Funding

Action Alert

Good news!   Thanks to everyone’s advocacy efforts, a significant majority of City Councilmembers included increased funding in their Budget Priority Memos to the City’s Independent Budget Analyst. 

Here’s the language from the IBA Report:

Arts and Culture Funding (Council Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9)

A majority of Councilmembers prioritized an increase in arts and culture funding for FY 2019 over the amount included in the Mayor’s Outlook. The FY 2018 Proposed Budget reduced arts and culture funding from $15.1 million in FY 2017 to $10.4 milliona $4.7 million or 31.3% decrease.


When the City Council adopted the FY 2018 budget, they allocated one-time resources to the arts and culture budget, increasing the budget to $14.7 million. These one-time funds were removed from the arts and culture budget in the Mayor’s Outlook, which included an arts and culture funding level of $10.4 million for FY 2019.

The following Councilmembers included increased funding in their Memos:

District 1 – Councilmember Barbara Bry
District 2 – Councilmember Lorie Zapf
District 3 – Council Chris Ward
District 4 – Council President Myrtle Cole
District 8 – Councilmember David Alvarez
District 9 – Councilmember Georgette Gomez


Please click on this Link and send a quick email to at least one or all of the Councilmembers and THANK THEM for including Increased Funding for Arts and Culture in their Budget Memos.  Tell them about an upcoming program that City Arts and Culture Funding supports for the benefit of the community.



ACTION REQUESTED: Contact City Council Members NOW – Urge Support for Penny for the Arts in Their Budget Memos

ACTION NEEDED BY: Friday, January 12

As many of you already know, San Diego arts and culture organizations are already facing a potential 35% cut from FY17 levels.

Our best step at this moment is to ensure Arts and Culture is included as a priority in the budget memos for the City Council Members.

When do you need to act?
The budget memos are due January 22, which means they are being written right now. We encourage emails and calls to Councilmember by Friday, January 12, especially since Monday, January 15 is a federal holiday.

What can you do?
Please identify ONLY people who are well connected to the various Council Members (these may be Trustees, friends, Labor Union members or key community members,) and ask them to call the Council members to ask them to include in their budget memos that Arts and Culture are a high priority and that they seek to fully fund Penny for the Arts. Stories about arts programs and audience engagement in THEIR districts are also extremely valuable.

We are interested in results. Once you or your delegate has made contact with the Trustees, please let us know which of the Councilmembers respond and what they say by sending information to SDRACC Association Manager Jessica Amaya at 

Thank you.

District Name Email
District 1 Councilmember Barbara Bry
District 2 Councilmember Lorie Zapf
District 3 Councilmember Chris Ward
District 4 Council President Myrtle Cole
District 5 Councilmember Mark Kersey
District 6 Councilmember Chris Cate
District 7 Councilmember Scott Sherman
District 8 Councilmember David Alvarez
District 9 Councilmember Georgette Gomez

Action Alert Update: Charitable Giving

Reported by Americans for the Arts

Early Saturday morning, the U.S. Senate passed a tax reform bill along an almost exclusively party-line vote of 51-49 with all Republicans voting yes, except for Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), who opposed it for the $1.5 trillion in debt that would be created.

In a rush to pass far-reaching tax reform before year-end, both the House and Senate have passed separate but similar tax bills. Unfortunately, both versions of the tax bill would have a very negative impact on charitable giving. The bill now moves into a joint conference committee to negotiate a final, unified bill that can be signed into law by the President. It is anticipated that the ability to include any new provisions at this point will be severely limited, if not impossible.

What is the Status on Charitable Giving?

Because both the House and Senate tax bills propose doubling the standard deduction, access to specific incentives for income tax deductions of gifts to charity become severely limited to only the top five percent of taxpayers who itemize their deductions. Americans for the Arts and the charitable sector had actively supported the idea of a Universal Charitable Deduction so that the incentive to give to charities would be available to both itemizers and non-itemizers. However, Universal Charitable Deduction proposals offered by Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) and James Lankford (R-OK) never made it into the final bill nor were given an opportunity for a floor vote.

Unfortunately, the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center estimates that charities, including nonprofit arts organizations, could see a staggering loss of up to $20 billion annually as a result of this tax policy change. 

Data shows that the charitable deduction under both bills also will no longer be viable to 95% of all taxpayers because of the expansion of the standard deduction. That means:

  • 31 million taxpayers who currently claim the charitable deduction will lose it.
  • Charitable contributions will decline by up to $20 billion per year.

What Do the Bills Mean for the Arts?

We are still reading through the latest proposals. Although there are some differences between the two bills, both bills overall fail the arts and cultural sector. Here is a preliminary summary of some of the other provisions in addition to the expected reduction in charitable itemizers that we’ve identified impacting artists and the nonprofit sector.

U.S. House Bill U.S. Senate Bill
Eliminates the performing artists’ business deduction No such elimination
Eliminates the $250 deduction for teacher supplies and instructional materials Doubles the same provision to $500
Reduces estate and gift taxes by doubling the exemption and then ultimately fully repealing the estate tax (historically a generator of major charitable gifts) Reduces estate tax by doubling the exemption
Repeals the “Johnson Amendment” prohibition on tax-exempt organizations’ support for political campaigns, without causing them to lose tax-exempt status No such elimination
Repeals lifetime education credits, tax deduction for interest on student loans, and tuition waivers from income for graduate and PhD students No such elimination
Increases limit on cash contributions to qualified charities from 50% to 60% of adjusted gross income. However, this only applies to the narrowed group of donors who can itemize their taxes. Same
Repeals income tax exemption for private activity bonds, often used to finance cultural infrastructure projects, like museums No such elimination


2018 Rise Up for the Arts Advocacy Kick-off Meeting

With the help of many in the community, the Rise Up for Arts and Culture campaign this year successfully minimized devastating cuts from 31% to the city average of 3.5%.
We are hearing early rumblings that, unfortunately, we are going to need to re-double our efforts for this coming budget cycle and for years to come to ensure OSP/CCSD funding is not continually on the chopping block.
This year we want to be
  • Better organized
  • Even more passionate
  • Clever
  • Highly collaborative and speak with one voice
  • (and clearly) Successful!
To do this, we need your help.
Might you (or a person in your organization who can speak for your organization on matters of OSP/CCSD Advocacy) be able to attend an advocacy kickoff meeting next week on December 8 at 2pmPlease RSVP here to let us know if you will be able to attend. 
The meeting will be held at the Mingei International Museum and is a collaborative effort between the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership and the San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition.