Arts Community To Pols: Don’t Forget About Us

They all vote. (Or 97 percent of them, at least.) Then elected officials slash their groups’ public funding.

Many arts patrons and activists find themselves in that situation in New Haven and in Connecticut. The Arts Council of Greater New Haven aims to do something about that — by starting with a push to inject arts issues into this year’s election campaigns in the state.

A new group called Create the Vote CT is taking on that challenge. The Arts Council is a founding co-sponsor. The group has distributed a questionnaire about arts and cultural issues to all gubernatorial candidates. The group plans to publish the results. Then it will host a forum for the candidates next month, before the primaries.

Sample question: “The nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $80 million in revenue to local and state governments. Yet the state recently allocated only $4.2 million for arts and culture I in next year’s budget, which represents a 60% decrease since 2009.

“Will you support increased state arts funding building on this return on investment? If so, at what level and from what funding source?

Daniel Fitzmaurice, the arts council’s dynamic executive director, discussed the project, why it matters, and the connection between arts and culture and other issues like education and economic development, on an episode of WNHH FM’s “Dateline New Haven” program. Click on the audio file or Facebook Live video below to hear the full episode. And click here to learn more about and get involved with Create the Vote CT.


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posted by: Bill Saunders on June 4, 2018  10:11pm

This article is a stalking horse….

What is really being said by these New New Haven Art Branders is that the International Festival of Arts and Ideas brings in 20 million bucks in economic development (a blatant lie), so so support US (and the arts).

Get some good art out there, stop trying to suck on the public dole, and you might get some real interest outside of the inner circe of elitest Art in Connecticut. 

The whole system is set up to support this mediocre vision…......

Stop the ‘fluttery’ and bring some real Engaging Local Art to the Public Forum…...
The money follows action, not vice versa…

The Artocracy should be ashamed of trying to politicize art funding with a separate ‘brand’....
Non-Profits are not supposed to be in ‘that game’.  Oh, but The Arts Council is ‘members only’.

This separate ‘political organization’ exists because it is illegal for non-profits to be ‘political activists’.
This is how large un-useful organizations grow like an octopus.

The new management should be ashamed. 
Money does not equal Vision, as is proved time and time again in the New Haven Arts Community.