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        Advocates, Lawmakers Rally to Restore Massive Cuts to State Arts Funding

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        May 23, 2024 | California Arts Advocates

        Advocates, Lawmakers Rally to Restore Massive Cuts to State Arts Funding

        SACRAMENTO – Advocates and lawmakers will hold a rally at 11:00 am on Wednesday, May 29th to ask the legislature to restore more than $22 million in cuts to state arts funding included in Governor Newsom’s recent revised budget. If approved as proposed, the cuts would position California at 45th in the nation in local arts assistance funding, just above Kentucky, Kansas, and Georgia. 

        Newsom’s proposal includes a $10 million cut to the California Arts Council representing a greater than 38% reduction to its $26 million grants budget, a base level that has not increased in more than 7 years. It also entirely eliminates $12.5 million in funding for SB 1116, the Performing Arts Equitable Payroll Fund.

        Sen. Anthony Portantino, Senate District 25
        Asm. Mike Gipson, Assembly District 65
        Asm. Josh Lowenthal, Assembly District 69
        Julie Baker, CEO, California Arts Advocates
        Brian Herndon, Member, Actors’ Equity Association
        Jose Luis Valenzuela, Artistic Director, Latino Theater Company at LATC
        Sean Fenton, Executive Director, Theatre Bay Area

        WHAT: Rally to Restore State Arts Funding
        WHERE: North Side Capitol, L, between 10-11th Street
        WHEN: Wednesday, May 29th at 11:00 am

        For more information, please contact:

        Julie Baker, CEO, CA Arts Advocates | | 916-296-1838
        Martha Demson,  Board President of Theatre Producers of Southern California| | 310-614-6759
        David Levy | | 212-869-8530, ext. 115

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