Creative Michigan Advocate January 2023 Digest

Michigan’s source for arts + creative industries advocacy. 
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Federal Spending Package Includes Significant
Increases for the NEA and NEH!

  • Legacy IRA Changes = Approved! The federal spending package includes requested changes to the Legacy IRA Act to encourage charitable giving. Major win! 

  • A $10 million increase for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

  • A first-time ever budget allocation of $10 million in the Department of Defense to support creative art therapy programs at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence.

A Victory for Arts + Creative Industries!

Thanks to the tireless work of arts and creative industry advocates pushing for change across the country, Congressional appropriators announced the FY 2023 Appropriations Package passed by Congress includes important wins for the field. President Biden signed the omnibus bill into law on Dec. 29. Highlights:

  • A 15% funding increase to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) of $27 million each, bringing them both up to an all-time budget high of $207 million.

  • A $26.8 million increase to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

  • More than $66 million in direct project funding or Congressionally Directed Spending Requests was awarded to over 68 arts organizations across the country. 

 Big Win for the Bipartisan PEACE Act H.R. 6498!

PEACE Act Passes Through House and Senate, Awaiting President's Signature

Success for music related exchange programs! The House and Senate recently passed the PEACE Act, which would use music and music-related global exchange programs to build cross-cultural understanding. Read the Recording Academy's press release for more.

Federal Legislative Updates & Action Items

Student Aid Debt Relief: Subscribe for Updates & Monitor

Federal Student Aid's Debt Relief Program Still Blocked by Courts

Applications for student loan debt relief are not being accepted at this time due to a court order blocking the student debt relief program. The Federal Student Aid office continues its efforts to overturn this order. If you’ve applied for relief, your application is saved. Subscribe for updates here.

Pause on Student Loan Payments

In November, President Biden declared that the student loan pause was being extended "to no later" than June 30, 2023. CNN's recent article answers your questions on student loan forgvinenes and what to expect.

Ask Your Newly Elected Federal Representatives to Join
Arts + Creative Industry Caucuses!

As we wait for the 118th Congress to take their seats, now is the ideal time to reach out to your newly elected officials and encourage them to join the following House and Senate Cultural Caucuses that center the arts + creative industries.

Our list of arts + cultural caucuses from 2022 is not updated, although we encourage you to use it as a resource to monitor "dead" bills that may be reintroduced in the months to come. Please be aware that even official government lists may not yet be updated. We advise you reach out directly to your officials with a direct request to join the above caucuses. Click here for a current 2023 house session calendar and schedule courtesy of Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA).

Statewide Legislative Updates & Action Items

Michigan Arts and Culture Council's (MACC) 2023 Public Meeting

Attend the first in-person public meeting of the year on Jan. 13 from 1 - 3 p.m. with MACC staff and guests at the Flint Public Library (1026 East Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503) (or join virtually) using the link in the button below. If you have questions or special requests, please contact Jeff Garrett.

Agenda includes but not limited to:

  • MACC Committee Reports

  • Services to the Field Reports

 2023 Advocacy Events

Advocate at the State Capitol on March 7

State Capitol Registration Link Pending!

Stay tuned on MNA's website here.

Join Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) in Lansing. Save the Date!

On March 7, join MNA for their annual policy event at Heritage Hall at the State Capitol. Highlights include a keynote speech from Gov. Whitmer, a chance to hear from newly-elected officials and afternoon legislative visits and networking. Prepare for your visit by reviewing MNA's Omnibus update with a nonprofit focus.

2023 Cultural Advocacy Day Announced

Join The Cultural Advocacy Network of Michigan (CAN) for 2023 Advocacy Day

Ready to rev up for Advocacy '23? Rally with other passionate advocates across the state March 7 and March 14 - virtually. 
The schedule is as follows:

  • March 7 - Legislative Reception: more details to come.

  • March 14 - from 12 p.m 1- p.m. Cultural Advocacy Network of Michigan Advocacy Day 101 Webinar

  • March 17 - from 8 - 4 p.m. Legislative Meetings:  Meet with your State Representatives and State Senators via Zoom

Registration will open this month; click the button to the left to stay updated.

Other Statewide Action Items

Sign the 2023 Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Letter!

2023 Earned Income Credit Sign-On Statement to Gov. Whitmer and State Legislature!

A state coalition and the Michigan Nonprofit Association has drafted a letter asking the governor and state legislature to expand EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) to 30% of the federal EITC. This expansion will support thousands of working families, children and small businesses.

Invite Your State Representatives to Join Arts + Cultural Caucuses!

Encourage State Legislators to Join Arts + Creative Industry Caucuses

Encourage your state representatives to join Michigan Arts and Cultural Caucuses including the Michigan Legislative Creative Caucus. If you cannot meet in person on March 7, write a letter introducing your community's arts and cultural committees and organizations to your new legislators. Make an impression!

2023 State of the State Cover Page Contest Announced

Creative Advocacy: State of the State (SOS) Cover Page Contest

Governor Whitmer's recently announced statewide contest challenges K-12 students to create an original design for the SOS program cover with the theme "what makes Michigan strong?" Submissions are due no later than 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 15.

(Right): Artwork by Hemlock Middle Schooler, Grace Murtha, winner of the 2022 State of the Art Contest

(Below:) Runner Up Artwork by Natalie Bolak, L'Anse Creuse Middle School North

Surveys, Reports & Reading

Pictured Above: NASAA Official Logo. Click Logo to Read their 2022 Policy Briefing.

SMU Data Arts - The Top 40 Most Arts-Vibrant Communities of 2022

Read the report.

The Federal-State Partnership in the Arts - 2022 Policy Brief

Download here.

WolfBrown's Dec. 5 Executive Briefing - "What Happened to Audiences?"
Access the briefing here.

Student Loan Rollercoaster and How It Impacts Nonprofit Workers

Download the article here.

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

Access the field plan here.

 Notable Transitions

The Smithsonian Names Tsione Wolde-Michael Executive Director of President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities

On Dec. 15, Wolde-Michael, the youngest and first Black individual to direct PCAH makes her debut leading a committee of 25 non-federal leaders. Read more.

“I’ve spent my career as a public historian launching large-scale projects from the ground up and working to transform understandings of our nation’s past...” 


Events & Webinars

Michigan Arts and Culture Council's (MACC) 2023 Public Meeting

Attend the first in-person public meeting of the year on Jan. 13 from 1 - 3 p.m. with MACC staff and guests at the Flint Public Library (1026 East Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503) (or join virtually) using the link in the button below. If you have questions beforehand, please contact Jeff Garrett.

Agenda includes but not limited to:

  • MACC Committee Reports

  • Services to the Field Reports

Join Wolf Brown's Two-Day Intensive Seminar for Performing Arts Administrators on Jan. 23 - 24!

Delve deeply into the theory and current-day practice of immersive programming, drawing on one and a half years of research. All events will be held at the Motown Mansion in Detroit. Perfectly geared for artistic administrators, programming directors and CEOs. While this event is sold out, you can still pre-register for their next seminar intensive, "Making Sense of the Landscape of Immersive Experience Entertainment."

National & Statewide Grants

Additional Resources

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

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