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May 20, 2015

Governor Jerry Brown has increased the California Arts Council‘s state appropriation with an additional $5 million from his original $1.1 million proposal. While the California Arts Council received a $5 million boost in 2014, the governor specified that it was a one-time only increase. Yet, this year’s raise in the governor’s budget revisions has been designated as permanent. 

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May 20, 2015

On May 18, the North Carolina House of Representatives released its budget plan. In the plan, the House has proposed to revive the state’s tax credit for restoring historic and cultural buildings, which was allowed to expire last legislative session. 

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May 19, 2015

Americans for the Arts is pleased to announce the appointment of Shelagh Mahoney, CEO and owner of Eastern Salt Company, Inc., Eastern Minerals Inc., and Atlantic Salt, Inc., to its Business Committee for the Arts (BCA) Executive Board.

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May 19, 2015

Learn about how art helps transform communities AND get the opportunity to write for Americans for the Arts’ ARTSBlog this Summer!

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May 19, 2015

For the 34th year, members of Congress foster a nationwide high school student visual arts competition, An Artistic Discovery. The annual event recognizes and encourages participation in the arts in each congressional district. Over the course of a few months, high school students residing in participating member districts have an opportunity to create and submit their artwork to be juried.

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May 18, 2015

This morning, First Lady Michelle Obama joined the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Acting Director Maura Marx to present the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Ten institutions from across the country attended the White House Ceremony to be recognized for outstanding service to their communities. These organizations demonstrate significant impact and high quality of programs, services, and partnerships, and were selected among thirty finalists.

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May 18, 2015

Americans for the Arts has announced the recipients of the 2015 Americans for the Arts Annual Leadership Awards. Presented each year, these awards recognize the achievements of individuals and organizations committed to enriching community through the arts. 

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May 15, 2015

Americans for the Arts mourns the loss of blues legend B.B. King (born Riley B. King), who passed away on May 14, 2015. With a career that spanned 70 years and more than 50 albums, King was the undisputed king of the blues. He toured the world well into his 80s, often performing 250 or more concerts a year. In 2013, King was honored at Americans for the Arts' National Arts Awards with the Isabella and Theodor Dalenson Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Buddy Guy, fellow blues guitarist. 

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May 14, 2015

Freshman member Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) joined Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) as co-chairs of the Congressional STEAM Caucus.

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May 13, 2015

Americans for the Arts is pleased to be holding its 2015 Annual Convention in Chicago, a diverse city that embraces artists, creators, and innovators. The largest national gathering of arts leaders and their partners in creative business, education, and government, the convention is expected to draw upwards of 1,000 attendees. 

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