Saturday, December 19, 2009

DRINK FOR CULTURE

Advocate4Culture
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
6-9pm
Grey Gallery & Lounge

1512 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA. 98122
www.greygalleryandlounge.com

Funding for King County's primary arts and culture agency is threatened! Lodging taxes channeled through 4Culture support literally hundreds of artists, arts organizations, theaters, museums, local history projects and bands every year. This funding is set to expire in the next two years, unless we make our voices heard!

Wednesday January 13th, advocates are rallying together --at Grey Gallery and Lounge from 6:00-9:00 on Capitol Hill in Seattle --to network and figure out how to affect change in Olympia this year.
  • Mix and mingle with other folks who love 4Culture
  • Lift a glass and commit to joining the effort this year
  • Listen to the awesomeness that is DJ Vital
  • Savor the delectable Cupcake Royale
  • See how easy it can be to save arts and heritage funding!
Presented by Advocate4Culture and the University of Washington School of Law's Advocates for the Arts

To RSVP visit us on Facebook "Advocate4Culture"



Sunday, December 13, 2009

Save Arts and Heritage! What you can do.

If you believe arts and culture are important in our community, as I do, you can help keep funding for the arts, heritage and preservation during the 2010 legislative session in Olympia.

We need your help now! Two bills, one in the House (HB 2252) and one in the Senate (SB 6116), will be introduced early in the session, which begins on January 11th. Both provide future funding for culture in King County. This is the sixth year legislation has been sponsored to extend a small portion of King County's lodging tax to support cultural programs. Stay tuned to this blog for updates and bill information.

Your actions that can make a difference:
1. write an email to your legislator
2. attend a hearing in Olympia
3. testify on behalf of the bills
4. or just help spread the word

Legislators respond to public input; conversely, they don't feel compelled to act if no one seems to care about an issue. Let's get this legislation passed this year. We can only do it with your help. Please see the links to the right to find your legislator!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

not starting from scratch

During the 2009 legislative session, Senate Bill 6116 and House Bill 2252 were not passed. SB 6116 and HB 2252 were, at the last moment of the legislative session, moved back to the Rules Committee within their house of origin. This provides us the opportunity to move ahead from where we left off next year rather than starting from scratch.

We are optimistic that we have gained many new supporters in the legislature and we will succeed with our plans for future funding, and a strong cultural community in King County.

Advocacy efforts have helped brand the message that cultural workers are key partners with the legislature in their goals of: preserving the unique character of our region; building dense and attractive urban communities; investing in creativity; driving local economies; and encouraging tourism.

The arts and heritage funding we are working for is just a small percentage of the available visitor taxes. The legislature’s obligation is to disperse these taxes among a variety of causes that can steward tourism, while potentially addressing some of our regional economic and social service issues. Our opportunity is to position arts and culture at the center of these larger goals. Culture is part of the solution to regional problems.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

public hearings ~ how they work

• Be punctual; Be present at the beginning of the hearing.
• Sign in on the sign-up sheet near the entrance of the hearing room and write your name,
address, and whether you favor or oppose the bill.
• Take any written materials you’ve prepared to the committee staff for distribution.
• If other persons will be offering similar testimony at the hearing, try to coordinate your
testimony and avoid duplication.

Your Verbal and/or Written Testimony
Be brief, direct and personal. Focus on telling the committee about the organization and/or
the community you represent and how lodging taxes support your work.

Verbal Testimony: You may have notes when speaking. Begin by introducing yourself to the
chair and committee members and stating your purpose. For example, "Mr. or Madam Chair
and members of the committee, I am Jenny Smith from Shoreline. I am here on behalf of the
Shoreline Historical Museum. I support this bill because . . ."
Be prepared for questions and comments from committee members, but don't answer you
are not sure of the answer.

Written Testimony: Written testimony should not be read. Committee staff will distribute
copies of written testimony to the committee if you bring a sufficient number -- one for each
member.