Creative Michigan Advocate February 2023 Digest

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2023 Federal Legislative Updates & Action Items

2023 Legislation: Encourage Federal Elected Officials to Bring "Dead" Bills Back to Life!

As we enter the 118th congress, bills will need to be reintroduced into Congress this year. We have it on high authority that Rep. Bonamici will reintroduce the CREATIVE Act! If you need a refresher on the CREATIVE Act or other bills from 2022 and before, visit the link here.

Whether it's writing a letter, making a phone call or creating a sign-on campaign, now is the perfect time to motivate your elected officials to keep pushing legislation forward - especially bipartisan, bicameral bills.

Make Contact with Your Federal Elected Officials!

A Deeper Dive: Omnibus Bill Takeaways Besides the $207 Million NEA Funding

In our last edition, we highlighted several key takeaways from the omnibus bill. Americans for the Arts breaks down further arts-related measures of the package:

  • Legacy IRA Act - encourages charitable giving by expanding charitable rollover rules to enable seniors to make tax-free contributions from individual retirement accounts (IRAs) to charities, including those specific to the arts.

  • Department of Veterans Affairs- receives $5 million for their Whole Health Initiative.

  • K-12 "Well-Rounded" Funding for Arts in Education, Policy and Funding.

Registration Open! National Museums Advocacy Day

Ramp up advocacy activities in person this winter with The American Alliance of Museums for National Museums Advocacy Day Feb. 27 - 28 at Washington D.C.

With a new session of Congress getting underway, this will be a critical time to advocate for much-needed funding increases for the Office of Museum Services. It is also ripe time to continue urging legislators to support policies that benefit museums and build important relationships with new and returning members of the 118th Congress.

Can't Fly to D.C? Other Ways to Get Involved!

There are other ways to show your support if you can't make it in person! Click here for ideas to "advocate from anywhere!"

Statewide Legislative Updates & Action Items

Watch the 2023 State of the State

On Wednesday, Jan. 25, Governor Whitmer delivered the State of the State, discussing new proposals, economic opportunities and ways for businesses to recover and thrive. View it here.

2023 District Representatives & Elected Officials

Now is the perfect time to start building relationships with your newly elected (and redistricted) State Representatives and officials.

We have posted a list of State Representatives, officials and county commissioners here.

Introduce yourself, make an impression and start networking! Sometimes a simple hello or email is enough to break the ice!

 2023 Spring Advocacy Events

Save the Date! Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) Nonprofit Day at the Capitol on March 7!

Join fellow nonprofit leaders, elected officials and policymakers from throughout the state at this advocacy and networking event to discuss issues affecting Michigan’s nonprofit sector.

2023 Cultural Advocacy Day Registration - Now Open!

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

Meet with your local State Legislators and promote the value of arts and culture in Michigan! The cost to register is $35 per individual. For CAN members, registration is $25.
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

Other Statewide Action Items

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

Progress for EITC Expansion! Push for House Support!

On Jan. 24, the The Michigan Senate Housing and Human Services Committee held its hearing on Sen. Kristen McDonald Rivet’s Senate Bill 3 and heard testimony in support of expanding Michigan’s EITC to 30%. The bill now heads to the State Senate for full consideration. What can you still do to help? Be sure to contact your State representatives asking for House support! View the committee hearing here!

2023 Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Letter-to-the-Editor Support

The EITC coalition will be launching a perspectives campaign to newspapers statewide to encourage passage of the EITC expansion to 30%. The Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) will be using a template letter, customized for each author and using local data. Sign the letter via the button below and MNA will be in touch with a letter to send to your local newspaper!

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!

Surveys, Reports & Reading/Watching

New Census Bureau District Profiles of the 118th Congress

Access the data report here.

Remember the Future: Culture and Systems Change

Read the articles by Nonprofit Quarterly

Women Leaders of Color are Leaving Arts Groups. Here's How to Change That.

Read more.

Olney Culture Lab: Reflections from The Olney Embrance Projects - Wolf Brown

Read the report.

Survey Interest Form: Michigan Nonprofit Relief Fund - Regional Hubs

Click here to complete.

Finally, Support for Small Nonprofits That Kept Communities Together During the Pandemic
 Read the story by Model D.

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.

The Art of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Access blog article here.

Notable Transitions

 The National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) Names New Executive Director, Stephen Parker

About NIVA...

"The small but mighty advocacy group galvanized an outpouring of both public and political support resulting in a historical $16.25 billion Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program, which was part of the second COVID-19 Relief Bill passed on Dec. 27, 2020...." VenuesNow.

Read more about Stephen.

National & Statewide Grants

Additional Resources

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

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