Creative Michigan Advocate November 2022 Digest

Michigan’s source for arts + creative industries advocacy. 
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Now is the Time to Vote!

Click here to learn about the Arts Vote pledge and original artwork by Shepard Fairey.

Absentee Voting Before Election Day

  • Request Ballot By Mail: Online and mail requests for an absent voter ballot must be received by your township or city clerk no later than 5 p.m. the Friday before the election (Friday, Nov. 4). If you are already registered at your current address, you can request an absent voter ballot in person at your clerk’s office anytime up to 4 p.m. on the day before the election (Monday, Nov. 7). Your completed absentee ballot should be received by your city or township clerk by 8 p.m. on Election Day. More on voting absentee.

  • Track Your Ballot: All registered voters can track their ballot by looking up their information here.

Vote In-Person Tuesday, Nov. 8

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Stay Tuned on Social Media

  • Monitor Creative Michigan Advocate's Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages for regular updates leading up to the election!


Federal Legislative Updates & Action Items

The CREATIVE Act Introduced Oct. 14

Congresswoman Bonamici (OR-01)'s bill - the Capital, Repairs and Employment for Art Talent to Improve Visibility Everywhere (CREATIVE) Act expands grant making capacity for local arts agencies (LAAs) and arts organizations. 

 What action can you take now?

  1. Read the fact sheet and the bill text. 

  2. Ask your Representatives to support this piece of legislation! (A bill number is yet to be assigned.)

In November, Congress will enter final negotiations on annual funding levels, including a decision on funding for an “Arts in Juvenile Justice Demonstration Program” within the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Last fiscal year, Congress provided funding for the first time to partnerships between local arts organizations and juvenile justice systems to test promising models for arts engagement.

What action can you take now?

  1. Sign this form as an organization or individual to support the Arts in Juvenile Justice draft letter to Congress.

  2. Read more about Arts Programs for Justice-Involved Youth.

Image Courtesy of World Cities Culture Forum.

Federal Student Loan Debt Relief

Federal Student Loan Debt Relief

This program provides debt relief to eligible borrowers with full or partial discharge of loans up to $20,000 to Federal Pell Grant recipients and up to $10,000 to non-Pell Grant recipients. Apply by Dec. 31 2023. 

Urge Senators to Support These Bills & Funding

Contact Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow.

  1. Encourage Federal Senators to Support Increased Federal Arts Funding - Join the effort to encourage U.S. senators to pass the funding to implement a proposed increase of $27 million in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities at $1 per capita or $331 million. Contact your members of Congress today via this pre-filled template. 

  2. Ask Senators to Protect Shuttered Venues Operators Grant (SVOG) Funds - The U.S. Senate is still considering the 2022 Bipartisan COVID Supplemental Appropriations Act. 
    Appeal to your U.S. Senators and request they prevent the divergence of SVOG funds.

Ask Federal Representatives to Endorse These Bills

Contact your Federal Representatives here.

  1. Fair Music Royalty Compensation for Artists -  Ask Federal Representatives to support Rep.Tlaib's resolution to protect musical artists' royalties.

  2. STAR Act H.R. 2380 - Ask your representatives to support arts in infrastructure. 
    Review the bill introduction here.

Surveys, Reports & Reading

Arts, Culture and Transportation: A Creative Placemaking Field Scan

Arts, Culture and Transportation: A Creative Placemaking Field Scan is a rigorous national examination of creative placemaking in the transportation planning process. Released by Transportation for America in partnership with ArtPlace America, this resource identifies ways that transportation professionals can integrate artists to deliver transportation projects more smoothly, improve safety and build community support.


Health of the U.S. Nonprofit Sector - Quarterly Review

A report offering data and analysis for nonprofits, including recommendations on finances, human capital, public policy and advocacy. Read the review here.


New Race to Lead Survey: Take the survey as a nonprofit worker that explores experiences of front line workers and changing expectations of nonprofit workplaces – while continuing to gather important information on the intersection of race, leadership and nonprofit culture.

Upcoming Events & Webinars

2022 Creative Vitality Summit

The WESTAF summit will facilitate community-led discussions around the creative economy. Register here.

2022 National Heritage Fellowship Film

Watch the nation's highest honor in folk and traditional arts film celebrate the 2022 class of Fellows Thursday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. ET.

Additional Resources

That's all for now. We'll be back next month! ✌️


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