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“It is vital that we promote, encourage, and support the arts, and that can only be accomplished via thoughtful and enthusiastic advocacy. The arts play a central role in our culture, raising the quality of life for individuals and communities..”

    Russ Grazier 2016 NHCFA Arts Advocate of the Year

    Director of Music Education & CEO     Portsmouth Music and Arts Center

 

 

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We urge you to support our efforts on behalf of the NH Citizens for the Arts, which advocates for public support of the arts and helps to ensure the vitality of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts (NHSCA) despite attempts to dismantle the NH Department of Cultural Resources by members of state legislature in recent years.

 

NH Citizens for the Arts works with community leaders, politicians, Arts Councilors, board members of arts organizations and its own lobbyist in order to be your eyes, ears, and voice in the capitol and beyond.  In this way we are better able to respond to threats in public arts funding, and better able to advocate for increases when and where appropriate.

New Hampshire Citizens for the Arts:

 

     • Hosts house parties for Gubernatorial candidates and statewide officials from both parties, to stress the importance of the arts and gauge candidates’ positions;

     • Sends alerts to arts supporters, calling them to action when a scheduled bill threatening arts funding is poised for a hearing by a legislative committee;

     • Organizes diverse advocates to appear and testify at key committee hearings;

     • Convenes “Arts Advocacy Summits” to develop and share strategies with arts administrators and supporters to keep the public conversation moving forward;

     • and much more…

 

Our focus for the upcoming legislative session will be advocating for an increase in the state appropriation for the NH Department of Cultural Resources, the home of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.  The budget passed by the Legislature and vetoed by Governor Hassan includes a state appropriation of 291,489, an 18% cut from FY15, which was 356,406.

 

NHSCA is eligible for a total of $ 693,900, which is a slight increase, 1%, over FY15 (678,300). of federal program funds through the National Endowment for the Arts, but it must demonstrate a dollar for dollar match of state funds to receive this full amount.

 

Help us bring those additional federal dollars to New Hampshire in order to invest in the amazing community programs that are taking place in all corners of the state. Whether your interest and passion is performing arts, visual arts, arts in education, traditional arts, or arts in healthcare, we need you to renew your membership in NH Citizens for the Arts so that we might coordinate a significant advocacy campaign to increase the State’s investment in the important but fragile cultural infrastructure of the State.

 

Your support will allow us to continue to hire a lobbyist to be our eyes and ears in the legislature, to inform you of important issues affecting the arts, and to convene assemblies of arts supporters to focus our continued efforts.

 

Your annual membership in NHCFA is an investment in the vitality of the arts across the state, economic success of the citizens and the quality of life of all NH citizens.

 

I hope you will join our efforts by the volunteer NHCFA board members and send in your membership today.  We will be releasing new and exciting initiatives soon and your support will make all the difference.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Board of Directors, NH Citizens for the Arts

 

 

 

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