Creative Michigan Advocate December 2022 Digest

Michigan’s source for arts + creative industries advocacy. 
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2022 Midterm Election Results

Thank you for Voting!

Whether you voted absentee or showed up to the polls, thank you for your vote!

State of Michigan Results

Click here to review the statewide midterm election results including governor, secretary of state, district representatives, state senators and much more.

National Results

While results are now final, Politico is keeping tabs on runoff races to follow. Stay tuned!

Federal Legislative Updates & Action Items

Student Loan Payments Deferred as Courts Block Debt Relief

Status Update: Federal Student Aid's Debt Relief Program Blocked by Courts

Applications are not being accepted at this time, although Federal Student Aid is working to get the orders overturned. In the meantime, please monitor their website. Previously, the application deadline was Dec. 31 2023. 

Student Loan Payments Deferred

President Biden plans to extend the pause on student federal loan payments until June 30, 2023. More from the U.S. Department of Education.

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.)

Urge Senators to Support These Bills & Funding

Contact Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow.

  1. Encourage Federal Senators to Support Increased Federal Arts Funding in November/December

    Urge your Senators to accept the higher House-set funding level of $207 million each for the NEA and NEH for FY 2023. 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.

  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 The Following

Contact your Federal Representatives here.

  1. Ask Federal Representatives to Stand Firm in Increased Federal Arts Funding in November/December. Annual funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will be negotiated by members of both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives. Please send a message to your Federal Representative asking them to to stand strong on the $207 million allocation voted on by the House of Representatives earlier this year to fund the NEA and NEH FY 23 budgets.

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

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

Statewide Action Items

Ask Senate Majority Leader Shirkey and Speaker Jason Wentworth to Support Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Expansion During Lame Duck Session!

  1. Draft Your Message:  "I’m writing today to ask for your support for the EITC expansion during the lame duck session. If we expand Michigan’s EITC this year, Michiganders will benefit now instead of more than a year from now. This is the best way to help people impacted by inflation the most."  

  2. Send Your Message to: Senate Majority Leader Shirkey (517) 373-5932 or and Speaker Wentworth (517) 373-8962 or 

  3. Why is this Important? If Michigan's Earned Income Tax Credit is not expanded in 2023, nearly 750,000 Michigan families will not get a tax cut until 2024. Expanding Michigan’s Earned Income Tax Credit this year would help nearly 750,000 Michigan families dealing with inflation.

Surveys, Reports & Reading

ArtsReady's dPlan - Your Organization's Toolkit to Respond to Emergencies

Access the free plan here.

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.

Original Threads: Equity and Access in the Arts for Hispanic/Latinx Communities

American Artscape

Explore the Hispanic/Latinx artists and arts organizations who share in their own words, how they are making an impact on U.S. culture today. Read the issue here.

 Events & Webinars

From the Archive: Watch a Recent Conversation, "Public Art is for the People" with National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chair Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson. She explores the significant role of public art in our country. See also "Art in Architecture Program and Upcoming Artist Commissions in the Upper Midwest" to learn more about exciting regional new commissions!

Upcoming Webinar: Join another conversation with NEA Chair Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. ET exploring the "Creative Placemaking Technical Assistance Program." The webinar will highlight two extraordinary Our Town grantee projects that embody deep cross-sector partnerships; positioning arts, culture, and design to advance equitable outcomes in place. Register here.

National & Statewide Grants

Additional Resources

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

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