Action Alert – Save the National Endowment for the Arts


Today’s news confirmed that President Trump’s budget proposal calls for the elimination of The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), among other programs, in the fiscal year 2018. For a synopsis of what’s at stake, please see The National Assembly of State Arts Agency’s Statement on Proposed Elimination of the NEA. Click here to read a statement from Jane Chu, Chair of the NEA.

To protect the NEA, contact your local representative with a special focus on Republican legislators in San Diego County and urge them to save the NEA by calling or sending the following message:

Dear Congressman (NAME): I am writing on behalf of (xyz organization or individual), and as a member of the San Diego Regional Arts & Culture Coalition, to thank you for your continued support of arts and culture in your district. We respectfully request that you reject the misguided proposal from the Administration to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts. As an (organization, artist, arts donor), the NEA has (tell your story here). Thank you.

Congressman Darrell Issa

Send an Email or call (760) 599-5000

Congressman Duncan Hunter

Send an Email or call (619) 448-5201

San Diego County Congressional Map – Know Your Congressman

Also, please take a few minutes to sign the petition to save the NEA


Pasadena Playhouse Welcomes Seema Sueko as Associate Artistic Director 9/5/13





Seema Sueko has been appointed the new Associate Artistic Director of the Pasadena Playhouse. Sueko, who is the co-founder and Executive Artistic Director of the Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company in San Diego and served as the Co-Chair for the San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition, will assume her new role beginning January 6, 2014. CONGRATULATIONS, SEEMA!!!


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Denise Montgomery Resigns 7/26/13

Dear Colleagues in the Arts and Culture Community,

It is with sadness that I share with you my decision to resign my position with the Filner administration. I wrestled with this decision out of commitment to the arts and culture community, however, I cannot in good conscience remain part of the Filner administration. I am deeply disappointed, as I had many goals and hopes for serving in this role.

Getting to know more people and facets of our cultural community has been a highlight of my short tenure. Your work is an inspiration, from deep commitments to outreach, artistic risk taking, nurturing of young professionals in the arts, and on and on.

As we all know, there is much good work yet to be done, and I hope that the landscape will change to make more of that good work possible.

I am grateful for the outpouring of support from the arts and culture community.  I am proud to count myself among you.

With appreciation,



Save the Charitable Deduction! 7/23/13

The nonprofit arts community, like other charitable sectors, relies on the generosity of individual donations from people of every income level who believe the public good is served by supporting charitable organizations. For nearly 100 years, the Charitable Deduction has been one of the primary sources of revenue for arts and culture by incentivizing giving with a modest federal tax deduction.

As Congress and the President struggle with addressing federal budget deficits, the deduction has been discussed as one possible way to increase revenue by either capping the value of the deduction to the taxpayer, reforming it or by elimination of the benefit. The Obama Administration has already proposed limiting the value of the deduction and proposals ranging from elimination of the deduction in last summer’s “supercommittee” considerations, to changes that would effectively curtail tax deductions to charity.

To find out more about this issue, please visit the Independent Sector and the Americans for the Arts Action Center.


You can make an impact in less than two minutes.

1. Click here to add your organization’s name to a letter from the Independent Sector urging the Senate to preserve the charitable deduction. The deadline to add your organization’s name to the letter is tomorrow, Wednesday, July 24 at 2:00 p.m. PST.

2. Click here to send a customizable message to your Member of Congress, urging him/her to preserve charitable incentives.


Please take just a few moments out of your day to send a letter in support of Bill AB 580.  It’s a simple, yet tangible way that you can impact future arts funding for the entire State of California!
  • Want to see which of your fellow arts and culture organizations have already supported the bill?  Please click here.




AB 580 went through its first committee hearing on Tuesday, April 9.  Up next is the Appropriations Committee.  It is imperative that over the next week, we get as many letters as possible in to the bill’s author, Assemblymember Nazarian, and in the correct format (see below).  As of today, 149 letters have been received–but WE NEED MORE.  Please help us reach our goal of 500.
  • To read more about Bill AB 580, please click here.
  • To read more about the California legislative process and the importance of letters of support, please click here.



It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!


1. Write a letter of support for Bill AB 580 on your organization’s letterhead and sign it.

    Click here for a letter template.

2. Turn the document into a PDF and email it to

3. If you are unable to PDF, write the letter on letterhead and fax it to (916) 319-2146.




Cynthia Alvarez, Assemblymember Nazarian’s staffer who is assigned to AB 580, confirmed that the bill will have its first committee hearing next Tuesday, April 9 (which also happens to be Americans for the Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, DC). Now it is imperative that we get as many letters as possible into Assemblymember Nazarian’s office, and in the correct format (signed, on letterhead, and faxed or emailed as a PDF).  As of today, 29 letters have been received–but WE NEED MORE.

  • Please read the most up-to-date fact sheet about bill AB 580 here
  • Please assist in this advocacy effort by taking just a few minutes to write a letter on behalf of your organization. Click here for a sample letter.

ACTION ALERT! Support Bill AB 580 to Increase CA State Funding for the Arts!

State Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian of LA County introduced a bill in Sacramento last week to fund the California Arts Council at the level of $75M – or just under $2 per person. Funding at this level would move California from 49th place in per capita investment in the arts to about 12th place.

The bill, AB 580, will now begin the process of committee review. California Arts Advocates and Californians for the Arts are asking arts organizations to help advance the bill by sending formal letters of support to Assemblymember Nazarian’s office. At this early stage of the legislative process, letters of support play a critical role in signaling to the author, the committees, and even the Governor that a bill has strong statewide support.

We visited Sacramento in February and heard from San Diego’s representatives that they believe in the importance of restoring arts funding to a level appropriate to California’s national and international leadership position in arts, culture, and creativity. Please add your voice to those of other arts supporters across the state by submitting a letter of support for AB 580 right away.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Dalouge Smith or Victoria Hamilton at or

Dalouge Smith
Board Member, California Arts Advocates and Californians for the Arts

Victoria Hamilton
AB 580 Steering Committee


Click here for a sample letter.