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Arts Grants Available

The Springfield Area Arts Council announces the start of this year’s COMMUNITY ARTS ACCESS re-granting program.   The deadline for fiscal year 2023 grant applications is Friday, October 14, 2022.  Grant-funded projects must take place between December 1, 2022, and July 31, 2023.

Non-profit organizations in Sangamon and Menard counties are invited to apply for funding for their arts-related programing.

Guidelines and application materials also are available on the Arts Council website [] and may be requested from me at 217-753-3519 or  Please let me know if you have any questions.

New this year – Applicants may complete an online form found here:

Community Arts Access grants are given in conjunction with the Illinois Arts Council Agency.  The grants provide the opportunity for local arts agencies like the Springfield Area Arts Council to distribute state funds in their own service areas according to local needs.  The program is designed to give the community more access to the arts, especially among under-served populations.

The Springfield Area Arts Council, a 46-year-old local non-profit, enhances the quality of life in its geographic area and enriches the community through its performing and visual arts programs and events throughout the year.  Its grant programs provide critically-needed funds to assist individuals and organizations in fulfilling their missions.

Fiscal year 2022 grantees and their programs follow.

Garvey-Tubman Cultural Arts and Research Center – Music Lessons

Hoogland Center for the Arts – Disney’s Descendants

Illinois State Museum Society – Noir:  Art Exhibition

James Weldon Johnson Study Guild – Writing Contest

Land of Lincoln Barbershop Chorus – Barbershop and Country Concert

Menard County Singers – Rehearsal and Performance Space Rental

The Pharmacy Gallery and Art Space – Emerging Artist Program

Scholastic Art Awards, Mid-Central Illinois Region – Honors Day Classes

Senior Services of Central Illinois – Senior Art Classes in Acrylics

Springfield International Folk Dancers – Rehearsal Space and Costume Storage Rental

Springfield Urban League – After-school Art Academy

Theatre in the Park – Pre-show Entertainment

Voices of Love, Peace, and Joy – Music Scholarship Concert

By |2022-09-12T20:22:34-05:00September 12th, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Arts Grants Available

Downtown Springfield Heritage Foundation Receives $90K, Multi-Year Grant to Continue Presenting the Levitt AMP Springfield Music Series through 2025

The expanded grant opportunity provides matching funds over three years bringing
free outdoor concerts to the “Y-Block”

Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards over a light blue map of the United States

SPRINGFIELD (September 6, 2022)—The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a social impact funder supporting nonprofits nationwide at the intersection of music and public spaces, has announced that Downtown Springfield Heritage Foundation in Springfield, Ill., has been awarded a multi-year Levitt AMP Grant Award of $90K in matching funds to present a free outdoor music series in 2023, 2024, and 2025. As a current Levitt Foundation grantee, Downtown Springfield Heritage Foundation submitted its Levitt AMP proposal to continue its Levitt AMP Springfield Music Series, which began in 2019.

The Levitt AMP Grant Awards is an exciting, multi-year matching grant opportunity bringing the joy of free, live music to towns and cities with a population of up to 250,000 people. For the 2023–2025 grant cycle, the Levitt Foundation expanded the Levitt AMP program from an annual matching grant of $25K into a three-year matching grant of $30K per year, for a total grant award of $90K. In May, the Levitt Foundation invited current grantees to reapply and submit proposals that would reflect the three goals of the Levitt AMP Awards: Amplify community pride and a city’s unique character; enrich lives through the power of free, live Music; and illustrate the importance of inclusive and vibrant public Places. All 18 returning Levitt AMP grantees were awarded $90K matching grants each to present the Levitt AMP Music Series in 2023-2025, reflecting a total grant award of $1.62 million.

In addition to returning grantees, the Levitt Foundation will award up to 10 additional U.S. nonprofits a total of $900K to bring the Levitt AMP Music Series to their communities. Following an open call for applicant submissions in June, the new Levitt AMP grant recipients will be announced on November 15, 2022. 

Since 2015, the Levitt Foundation has provided funding to 38 communities across America through the Levitt AMP program, activating underused outdoor public spaces, ensuring access to the arts, and strengthening the social fabric of communities through creative placemaking. Levitt AMP concerts are intended to create inclusive experiences, where all members of the community are welcome to participate and enjoy a diverse lineup of artists, music genres, and cultural programming.

“Emerging from the pandemic, we have all witnessed the importance of community and connection on our well-being, and free, live music in public spaces is a powerful way to bring people together of all ages and backgrounds. Expanding the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards into a multi-year, $90K grant and inviting additional towns and cities into the program was inspired in part by the positive impact Downtown Springfield Heritage Foundation is having on the local community,” says Sharon Yazowski, Executive Director of the Levitt Foundation. “We look forward to the continued impact of the Levitt AMP Springfield Music Series, which has inspired a cross-section of the city to reimagine the historic Y-Block, bringing people from all neighborhoods together through the power of free, live music.”

From Main Street communities to rural towns in the heart of Appalachia to historic state capitals, the 18 returning Levitt AMP grant recipients hail from across the country including rural towns with populations of less than 10,000 like Whitesburg, Ky.; Galva, Ill.; Earlham, Iowa; Shenandoah Junction, W.Va.; Soldotna, Alaska; St. Johnsbury, Vt.; and Middlesboro, Ky.*; to mid-sized cities like Berea, Ky.; Carson City, Nev.; Gallup, N.M.; Ocala, Fla.; Sheboygan, Wis.*; Stevens Point, Wis.; Utica, N.Y.; and Woonsocket, R.I.; to larger cities spanning the country including Fort Smith, Ark.; Springfield, Ill.; and Trenton, N.J.* 

Berea, Kentucky (population: 15,773)

Since 2017, the Levitt AMP Berea Music Series, presented by First Friday Berea, has infused new life and energy into the city’s City Park Expansion through multi-layered and inclusive arts experiences. The 2023 series will continue to spark further investment in the area, positioning Old Town to be a family-friendly destination for art, food, and community gatherings.

Carson City, Nevada (population: 55,244)

Since 2016, the Levitt AMP Carson City Music Series, presented by the Brewery Arts Center, has fostered an exciting chapter of growth and community engagement for the arts hub and surrounding historic downtown area of Nevada’s state capital. The upcoming series will further solidify the Brewery Arts Center’s role in building community cohesion and local pride during the Levitt AMP Music Series and beyond.

Earlham, Iowa (population: 1,382)

Since 2019, the Levitt AMP Earlham Music Series, presented by Chicks with Checks, has been fueling a community-driven effort to create a vibrant, music-filled destination in rural Iowa. Next year’s summer series will continue fostering inclusivity and connectedness in Earlham and throughout the surrounding areas, located a short distance from the state’s capital, Des Moines.

Fort Smith, Arkansas (population: 87,788)

Since 2021, the Levitt AMP Fort Smith Music Series, presented by 64.6 Downtown, has been breathing new life into an outdoor amphitheater in the heart of this former frontier town. While bringing attention to a beautiful, underused public space, next year’s series will continue to use free, live music as a vehicle to strengthen the social and economic fabric of this former manufacturing hub.

Gallup, New Mexico (population: 21,637)

Since 2021, the Levitt AMP Gallup Music Series, presented by the Gallup MainStreet Arts & Cultural District, has celebrated the city’s large Native community while fostering civic pride and reinvigorating the local arts scene. Next summer, Gallup MainStreet will build upon community efforts to nurture a positive and inclusive community identity while fostering civic pride.

Galva, Illinois (population: 2,539)

Since 2018, the Levitt AMP Galva Music Series, presented by the Galva Arts Council, has inspired community-driven investment in the rural town’s local creative economy, transforming Wiley Park from an underused green space into a dynamic hub complete with a permanent stage for connectedness and self-expression. Next year’s series will continue to inspire local collaborations that go beyond the music series.

Middlesboro, Kentucky (population: 9,242)*

Since 2015, the Levitt AMP Middlesboro Music Series, presented by Middlesboro Main Street, has transformed a once vacant gravel lot into a vibrant gathering space and regional music destination in the heart of the Appalachia. The upcoming season will build upon this momentum, augmenting the community-driven revival of Middlesboro’s downtown, positioning the series for a wider impact through robust partnerships with local and regional nonprofits.

Ocala, Florida (population: 60,021)

Since 2017, the Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series, presented by the Marion Cultural Alliance, has inspired an exciting new chapter for the historic Webb Field, a once-forgotten green space that has now become a vital part of West Ocala’s cultural and economic development. The 2023 series will continue to deepen local partnerships to create inclusive multi-layered arts experiences that amplify ‘One Ocala’.

Sheboygan, Wisconsin (population: 48,153)*

Since 2015, the Levitt AMP Sheboygan Music Series has sparked myriad ripple effects in this Wisconsin town, including the creation of City Green public space, an outdoor permanent stage, mixed-use residential housing, and new citywide cultural events. Presented by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, the upcoming season will continue fostering opportunities for creative exchanges between artists and the public, while creating a stronger, more connected community.

Shenandoah Junction, West Virginia (population: 1,382) 

Since 2021, Levitt AMP Shenandoah Junction Music Series, presented by Jefferson County Parks and Recreation, has elevated and expanded Sam Michael’s Park’s existing concert series, bringing together people from surrounding rural communities to enjoy stellar music in the lush 130-acre park. The returning series in 2023 will help the previously underused amphitheater, aka “the AMP,” realize its potential as a welcoming music-filled destination for local residents.

Soldotna, Alaska (population: 4,705)

Since 2019, the Levitt AMP Soldotna Music Series, presented by Vision Soldotna, has enlivened Soldotna Creek Park along the banks of the famed Kenai River, celebrating the community-driven effort that transformed a once contaminated maintenance yard into a vibrant gathering space for people of all ages and backgrounds. In 2023, the Levitt AMP Music Series will continue to honor the rich heritage of Soldotna’s diverse communities, including Alaska Natives.

Springfield, Illinois (population: 167,601)

Since 2019, the Levitt AMP Springfield Music Series, presented by the Downtown Springfield Heritage Foundation, has ushered in a lively new era for the state capital’s historic downtown, transforming the formerly vacant “Y-block” into a community destination. The Levitt AMP grant will continue to unify the city by gathering residents from all walks of life to enjoy free, live music and build a shared vision for this long-dormant public space.

St. Johnsbury, Vermont (population: 5,815)

Since 2017, the Levitt AMP St. Johnsbury Music Series, presented by Catamount Arts, has become a cornerstone of the summer recreation and community building efforts in this scenic rural community in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. The 2023 music series will continue to energize the town’s lush, 150-acre Dog Mountain, bringing opportunities to deepen relationships with residents, artists, and downtown businesses, and continue building a thriving local economy.

Stevens Point, Wisconsin (population: 26,144)

Since 2017, the Levitt AMP Stevens Point Music Series, presented by CREATE Portage County, has re-framed the story of small-town Midwestern living by elevating the local creative economy. Making the picturesque Pfiffner Pioneer Park its home, the upcoming music series will continue to shape the future of the city’s downtown and riverfront while fostering a stronger and more connected community, inspiring meaningful shared arts experiences in downtown Stevens Point.

Trenton, New Jersey (population: 83,387)*

Since 2015, the Levitt AMP Trenton Music Series, presented by the Trenton Downtown Association, has infused downtown Trenton with diverse music inspiring residents of all ages and backgrounds to gather in Mill Hill Park to enjoy multilayered arts experiences in the heart of the historic capital city. The 2023 series will build upon past efforts to nurture the creative economy of this former industrial hub, celebrating the past, while creating a vibrant new future.

Utica, New York (population: 59,984)

Since 2016, Utica Monday Nite has presented the Levitt AMP Utica Music Series, positioning the city’s cultural assets at the center of its community-building efforts. Creating a safe and welcoming gathering place for the scenic Rust Belt city’s long-time residents and diverse refugee communities, the 2023 series will continue to build a stronger, more unified community, while inspiring investments in Oneida Square’s Kopernik Park and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Whitesburg, Kentucky (population: 2,215

Since 2017, the Levitt AMP Whitesburg Music Series has sparked new energy and engagement with local shops, restaurants, art galleries, and the city’s farmers market, creating a thriving gathering place where community members come together through a shared affinity for live music. Presented by the Cowan Community Center, the upcoming series will bring a wide range of world-class talent to this rural Appalachian town and foster connections for a stronger and healthier community. 

Woonsocket, Rhode Island (population: 41,616)

Since 2018, the Levitt AMP Woonsocket Music Series, presented by NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley, has ushered in a new chapter for River Island Art Park in the heart of the city, inspiring catalytic cultural, social, and economic growth. The fifth season will continue to spark renewed life for the once underused green space, new collaborations with neighborhood groups, and inspire new businesses. 

*Previous multi-year grantee continuing series

Up to 10 additional first-time grant recipients, from among U.S.-based nonprofits who applied to the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards in June, will be announced on November 15, 2022. Reflecting the Foundation’s commitment that all Levitt projects be community-driven, the grantees will be selected following a public voting process that takes places September 12–21, 2022; the public can vote and learn more about the 36 community proposals at Combining new and returning Levitt AMP grantees, the Levitt Foundation is investing over $2.5 million over the next three years to bring free concerts to 28 communities across the U.S. as part of the Levitt AMP Music Series, featuring a diverse lineup of high-caliber entertainment while building community through music.

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About the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation
The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation is a private family foundation that exists to strengthen the social fabric of America. Through its commitment to creative placemaking, the Levitt Foundation supports the activation of underused public spaces—such as neglected parks, vacant downtown lots, and former brownfields—into welcoming, inclusive destinations where the power of free, live music brings people together to create more equitable, healthy and thriving communities. The Foundation’s primary funding areas include Levitt venues and the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards. Both of these programs present free concerts in outdoor, open lawn settings featuring high-caliber talent in a broad array of music genres and cultural programming. Levitt venues and Levitt AMP concert sites attract people of all ages and backgrounds and reflect the character of their town or city, while benefitting from the framework and best practices of the Levitt program.

The Levitt Foundation invests in community-driven efforts that harness the power of partnerships and leverage community engagement. Levitt venue nonprofits and AMP grantees partner with other local nonprofits and community groups to inform programming, outreach and engagement, embodying the Foundation’s funding philosophy and core values to support projects that are inclusive, catalytic and dynamic, and create connectedness and joy. Reflecting its ongoing commitment to self-reflection and contributing to the creative placemaking field, the Levitt Foundation invests in research to evaluate the social impact of Levitt programs in communities, which in turn informs the Foundation’s evolving philanthropic practice. Learn more: and follow us @levittfoundation on Facebook and Instagram and @levittfdn on Twitter. 

By |2022-09-11T21:01:19-05:00September 11th, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Downtown Springfield Heritage Foundation Receives $90K, Multi-Year Grant to Continue Presenting the Levitt AMP Springfield Music Series through 2025

Artist on the Plaza Returns for 2022 Season

The Springfield Area Arts Council has produced summertime concerts downtown for over thirty years.  The outdoor performance series is called Artist on the Plaza, and it features local talent.  Funding this year comes from VISIT SPRINGFIELD.

Every Friday between Memorial Day and Labor Day (June 3 – September 2)

12:00 – 1:00 P.M.

On the south lawn of the Old State Capitol

Free!  Family-friendly.  Accessible.  Sensory-friendly.  Shaded seating provided.  All are welcome.


June 3 – Tom Irwin – singer\songwriter, folk

June 10 – Dennis Darling – familiar tunes

June 17 – Springfield Dance – routines from young dancers

June 24 – Phil Steinberg – the songs of Sinatra

July 1 – Mike Anderson – dulcimer-playing and story-telling

July 8 – José Gobbo – Latin guitar

July 15 – Micah Walk – singer\songwriter, Americana

July 22 – Sangamo Town – bluegrass

July 29 – Erica Egger – keyboard and vocal

August 5 – Peaches and Bacon – fiddle and banjo

August 12 – Messengers for Christ – gospel music

August 19 – Amy Benton – singer\songwriter, country

August 26 – Route 66 Quartet – barbershop harmony

September 2 – Monica Hay – vocalist

By |2022-06-01T22:42:52-05:00June 1st, 2022|News|Comments Off on Artist on the Plaza Returns for 2022 Season

$50 million to the creative sector included in Illinois FY2023 budget

It’s official! On Tuesday, Governor Pritzker signed the Fiscal Year 2023 budget package, which includes $50 million for the creative sector! This funding is unprecedented in its scale and focus on our sector. While it isn’t the full amount we asked for, it is on par with two other major sectors that received relief dollars: restaurants also received $50 million, and hotels received $75 million. We are so grateful to all of you and the many Illinois Creative Future Fund partners who advocated for this vital support.

The budget package includes some additional important wins for arts and culture, including capital money appropriation and reappropriation. Check out Arts Alliance Illinois’ full budget analysis for more details about the $50M and other arts and culture-relevant info:

The 50 million dollar question: how can you get access to these relief funds? A new initiative called the Illinois Creative Recovery Grant Program will be created and administered by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). All $50 million applies to FY23, which begins July 1, 2022, and DCEO may adopt emergency rules to help move the funds more quickly to our sector.

Many key details of this grant program have not been determined yet, and we know the details of how this is administered will be crucial. Arts Alliance Illinois is working closely with DCEO to influence that process and ensure the creative sector’s needs are met.

Find out more at

By |2022-05-28T15:55:17-05:00May 28th, 2022|Uncategorized|Comments Off on $50 million to the creative sector included in Illinois FY2023 budget

Young Poets Pen Prize-winning Poems

Two teen winners have been announced for the inaugural Illinois POETRY OURSELVES contest. Naomi Kelly from Wheaton Warrenville South High School (in Chicago suburb Wheaton) placed first, and Thaddeus Bergschneider from Franklin High School (in the central Illinois village of Franklin) took second.

The pair wrote and submitted their own authored poems and were two of seventeen high-schoolers invited to compete. Entries came from students who had been named Illinois finalists in a national competition for reciting classic and contemporary poems, Poetry Out Loud.

“I am thrilled that our state launched this new venture that brings teens and poetry together,” said Sheila Walk, executive director of the Springfield Area Arts Council and manager of both competitions. Walk stated she asked the eight Illinois regional coordinators to judge students’ creations and made sure no names or home schools were visible during the judging. The Illinois Arts Council Agency sponsored and oversaw POETRY OURSELVES.

“The skill and passion evidenced in these works bring a wonderful spotlight to young people in Illinois. They are creative and insightful,” said Walk when announcing the winning poems.

“Arm the Children” by Bergschneider is a plea. It says in part “…give them hope…give them words…give them love / which knows / that the only loss / is not to fight at all.” He is a junior in a high school with approximately 80 students.

Wheaton senior Kelly penned “The Places You’ll Go.” She wrote in part “…I witnessed humanity grapple against itself…I witnessed the innocent pay the price.” The population of her school stands at about 1,900 students.

Winners will receive specially-designed trophies. All POETRY OURSELVES participants received a writing journal.

Poetry Out Loud Logo

By |2022-04-11T10:10:26-05:00April 11th, 2022|News|Comments Off on Young Poets Pen Prize-winning Poems


Poetry Out Loud Logo

There is rhyme and reason in Poetry Out Loud’s state winners for 2022.  The Illinois champion, from tiny Franklin High School, is set to compete for a $20,000 national prize in this popular recitation contest.

“I can’t believe it.  I won!” was champion Cole Delaney’s immediate response when the Springfield Area Arts Council announced his name at the top of 17 regional finalists.

Last September, 28 Illinois high schools and 127 teachers began their participation in Poetry Out Loud.  Statewide, 4,597 students competed in eight regions.  Winners there entered the state contest this week, conducted virtually because of the lingering pandemic.

A panel of language-expert judges viewed videos in which each student recited three poems chosen from several hundred approved possibilites, some classic and some modern.  Naomi Kelly from Wheaton Warrenville South High School placed second, and another student from Franklin, Thaddeus Bergschneider, was third.

“They broke my heart with their sincerity,” recalled judge Mark Turcotte, himself a poet.  Othere judges were Joshua Kryah, professor of English, Morgan Minsk, a former Illinois Poetry Out Loud national finalist, and Demetrice A. Worley, also a  professor of English.  Springfield poet and librarian Théa Chesley checked recitation accuracy and mainframe programmer Bob Jessup handled computer scorekeeping.  Technician David Cain managed the recorded entries.

To win the competition, Delaney recited “The Day” by Geoffrey Brock; “Fate” by Carolyn Wells; and “Not Horses” by Natalie Shapero.  He advances to April’s national competition, this year again being staged virtually.

The Illinois contest featured recitations by winning students from each of eight state regions:  Central, Chicago-City, Chicago-Metro, Eastern, Northern, South-central, Southern, and Western.

Here are names and schools of those regional winners:
Audrey Brumley (Carbondale Community High School)
Grace Casey (Freeburg Community High School)
Lauren Dobbels (Orion High School)
Kelcey Dodd (Jefferson High School, Rockford)
Rebecca Drake (Massac County High School)
Olivia Goodley (Annawan High School)
Veda Kommineni (Edwardsville High School)
Skylar Lim (Taft High School, Chicago)
Jocelyn Lin (Carbondale Community High School)
Keaton Meier (Hersey High School, Arlington Heights)
Ariana Mizan (University Laboratory High School, Urbana)
Mabolanle Salawu (Mather High School, Chicago)
Wade Schacht (Champaign Central High School)

The contest coordinator was Sheila Walk, executive director of the Springfield Area Arts Council, assisted by local writer Carey Smith.  State program manager was Susan Dickson of the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Poetry Out Loud in Illinois is a collaborative project of the Illinois Arts Council Agency and seven arts agencies who host regional contests.  As a national program, Poetry Out Loud:  National Recitation Contest encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through analysis, memorization, performance, and competition.  The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, in conjunction with state arts agencies, support this nation-wide program with participants from all fifty states plus Washington, D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

More information is available at or from the Springfield Area Arts Council.

Cole Delaney

Cole Delaney, Franklin High School

By |2022-03-20T21:44:50-05:00March 20th, 2022|News, Poetry Out Loud|Comments Off on SPRINGFIELD AREA ARTS COUNCIL ANNOUNCES STATE POETRY OUT LOUD WINNERS

Mayor’s Awards for the Arts

The Office of the Mayor and the Springfield Area Arts Council announce the opening of the nomination period for the 21st Mayor’s Awards for the Arts.  These awards recognize outstanding talent in and dedication to the arts in Sangamon and Menard counties, the area served by the Springfield Area Arts Council.   The eight award categories include Individual Visual Artist; Individual Performing Artist; Individual Literary Artist; Arts Organization; Arts Volunteer; Arts Educator; Arts Student; and Business Committed to the Arts.

The deadline for nominations is 5:30 P.M. on Thursday, March 31, 2022.  Nomination forms for the Mayor’s Awards for the Arts are available now at:

  • reception desks in Springfield’s Municipal Center East and West;
  • the Hoogland Center for the Arts box office;
  • public libraries in Athens, Chatham, Petersburg, Pleasant Plains, Rochester,

Sherman, Springfield, and Williamsville;

They also can be requested via e-mail (

There is no cost.

The awards selection committee, appointed by Springfield’s mayor James Langfelder, will review the nominations and select the award recipients in the designated categories.  The recipients will receive artwork created by a commissioned Sangamon or Menard county artist.

Since the first presentation in 1985, 99 awards have been presented to individuals, organizations, and businesses.

The awards, created by professional photographer Rich Saal, will be presented at a ceremony on Monday, May 2, 2022, at 5:30 P.M. in Theater Three at the Hoogland Center for the Arts.  The public is invited to attend that ceremony and the reception following.

For additional information, please call the Arts Council office (217-753-3519).

By |2022-03-04T10:02:47-06:00March 4th, 2022|News|Comments Off on Mayor’s Awards for the Arts

Take Action To Make Sure The Arts Are In The FY 2022 “Omnibus”

From Americans for the Arts:

Congressional leaders are in the final steps of negotiating an FY 2022 “Omnibus” appropriations bill that would fund the federal government, including federal cultural agencies like the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). We need you to take action.

These negotiations may also include inclusion of the bipartisan Save Our Stages (SOS) Extension Act to help provide additional support to performing arts organizations that received recovery grants through the Small Business Administration.

Please take two minutes now to contact your congressional delegation and urge them:

1) Match the House-approved funding level of $201 million for both the NEA and NEH to serve every state and every Congressional district in the country.

2) Include the SOS Extension Act in the final Omnibus bill.

This increase to the NEA’s annual budget would yield more engagement for the military community with Creative Forces therapists, increased investment for programs in high poverty communities, a commitment to significant support for racial and climate justice initiatives, and much more. Supporting the NEA directly benefits artists and communities and is even more vital now in the wake of the devastating effects of the pandemic to the cultural sector.

The SOS Extension Act would extend the project period for Shuttered Venue Operator Grantees to use their funds to pay for allowable expenditures incurred from March 1, 2020 through March 11, 2023. 

Contact your members of Congress today and make your voice heard about how vital the arts are to your state and our country!

By |2022-03-01T19:50:18-06:00March 1st, 2022|advocacy|Comments Off on Take Action To Make Sure The Arts Are In The FY 2022 “Omnibus”
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