House Appropriations Committee Rejects President's Plan to Eliminate Federal Arts and Culture Agencies

Last week, the full House Appropriations Committee met and approved funding for the National Endowment for the Arts at $145 million for FY 2018. This completes the U.S. House committee consideration and advances the proposal to a possible action on the U.S. House floor in the coming weeks. 
Although this proposed $5 million cut (from $150 million in FY 2017), it is not the te rmination proposal sought by the Administration since March. This House proposal falls short of the funding requested by a record bipartisan group of 154 members of Congress of $155 million. Similar to the request made by members in the House, 40 Senators requested NEA funding of at least $150 million for FY 2018.
The other cultural agencies, National Endowment for the Humanities, Institute for Museum and Library Services and Corporation for Public Broadcasting (also targeted for elimination by the Administration) were preserved and funded at last year's level or with a slight reduction.
Now, members of Congress are discussing how to continue work to pass these proposals before funding runs out at the end of September.
UCI  Merage School of Business and Claire Trevor School of the Arts Launch Certificate in Arts Management

Grounded in foundational business principles and focused on the needs of today's creative industries, the interactive, online certificate program is designed to enrich institutional capacity in arts management and to maximize the impact of the arts community as a whole.  Geared for individuals looking to expand their careers in the creative industries, the program curriculum aligns with trending employer demand for effectiveness in leadership, marketing, fundraising, finance, critical thinking and decisive administration.
The Certificate in Arts Management program leverages faculty from the Merage School's MBA Programs as well as practitioners and guest speakers from the arts industry. This certificate is the newest addition to the Office of Executive Education's professional development and certificate programs.   More information may be found here.  



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Help Select This Year's Art for the Newport Beach Sculpture Exhibition in Civic Center Park!

The City of Newport Beach invites the public to vote for their favorite among the works submitted by artists for the 2017-19 Sculpture Exhibition in Civic Center Park.  Deadline:  July 30, 2017. Vote now for your favorite work, and you will be entered into a drawing to receive free tickets to a performance by one of these great Orange County arts organizations: Pacific Symphony, Philharmonic Society of Orange County, South Coast Repertory, Irvine Barclay Theatre
View the submissions and vote here View prior sculpture exhibitions here.
A Must-Read Overview of  Santa Ana's Artists Village

The decade-old revitalization of downtown Santa Ana, catalyzed in part by the creation of the Artists Village, has been a boon to artists and has helped transform the image and experience of visiting the district. But it's not without a downside as well, as longtime local arts writer Liz Goldner reveals in her recent piece for KCET ArtBound.
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