Sunday, July 15, 2007

Arts Advocacy Update VI

Only two salient items this week...

Cultural arts, organizations help build a better community
Tuscaloosa News, 7/9/2007
The president of West Alabama's Chamber of Commerce talks at length about the contributions of the arts and culture to communities, then encourages his fellow community members to participate in the "Culture Builds Tuscaloosa County" strategic process, which is designed to "tap [the community's] potential and translate [its] cultural assets and opportunities into a sustainable economic advantage."
Tuscaloosa's calling me but I'm not going? (For those of you who don't get the reference, click here.)

Artist Deduction Bills Continue to Gain Support
Americans for the Arts website, 7/9/2007
"The Artist-Museum Partnership Act (commonly known as the 'Artist Deduction bill') has been gaining co-sponsors since it was re-introduced earlier this year. The House bill H.R. 1524 introduced by Reps. John Lewis (D-GA) and Jim Ramstad (R-MN) now has 50 co-sponsors. Additionally, the Senate bill S. 548 introduced by Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Robert Bennett (R- UT) has 23 co-sponsors. The legislation supports individual artists by allowing them to take a fair-market value tax deduction for tangible works they donate to nonprofit collecting and educational organizations."
Talk about patience. This idea has been around for the last few years and only NOW, with a Democratic congress, are we getting some traction. Finally!

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