Preparing Your Organization and Your Donors for Shifts in the Charitable Tax Deduction

On January 1, the 2018 Tax Cuts & Jobs Act went into effect, a substantial change to the U.S. tax code which has the potential to negatively impact arts and culture nonprofit organizations in a variety of ways. One of the most significant impacts will come in changes related to the thresholds and amounts associated with the charitable tax deduction. This 100-year-old provision was designed to stimulate giving to charities and other organizations serving the public good by providing an opportunity to claim a deduction as a reduction in an individual’s tax burden. While the repercussions of the federal tax code changes are still emerging, and corresponding shifts in state-by-state tax policy may impact your situation, the notes that follow are an introductory primer. If you have questions about state-level implications, we recommend you reach out to your state comptroller or state association of nonprofits.

The San Diego Pro Arte Voices will present the professional premiere of L.O.S.T. by Jason Rosenberg, Ph.D., UCSD.  Rosenberg composed L.O.S.T. in the contemporary style while completing his doctorate degree in San Diego.  The piece is paired Thomas Tallis’s Lamentations of Jeremiah, from the Renaissance era.  Each line of L.O.S.T. begins with a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

Arts Advocacy Day Is Coming

Although years may really just be a number, in its 31 years, Arts Advocacy Day has seen six different U.S. presidents spanning both political parties. It’s witnessed sixteen different congressional sessions and eight different Speakers of the U.S. House. Through it all, every year, attendees hear that “the arts are bipARTtisan.” Because, no matter who’s in office, arts advocacy matters. Funding decisions are made every year. Who’s deciding this year may not be deciding next year. Who’s to remember what happened before? Who’s to know why it matters? Who’s to learn from each other? The answer is us. All of us. All of us together.

Americans for the Arts Announces Inaugural Johnson Fellowship

Johnson Fellowship Awarded to Los Angeles-Based Artist and Designer Tanya Aguiñiga

Thursday, January 18, 2018

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Americans for the Arts announces today the inaugural Americans for the Arts Johnson Fellowship for Artists Transforming Communities. The new annual fellowship celebrates the legacy and work of the late Robert Leroy “Yankee” Johnson. Americans for the Arts also announces that Los Angeles-based artist and designer Tanya Aguiñiga has been selected as the inaugural fellow. 

Women artists, historians and educators who focus on social justice issues will find a lot to love at Art Speaks: Lend Your Voice, the Annual Conference of the Women's Caucus for Art, Feb. 22-24, 2018 in downtown Los Angeles. The highlight is a free public celebration on Feb. 24, when internationally-known artists Lee Bontecou, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Gloria Orenstein and Renee Stout receive Lifetime Achievement Awards for decades of groundbreaking work.

The San Diego Pro Arte Voices will present their fourth annual An Evening of Readings & Carols on Friday, December 15 and Saturday, December 16, 2017. The format of the Readings & Carols concert is modeled after the famous Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service at King’s College, Cambridge, presented every Christmas Eve since 1918 and broadcast live via BBC Radio. The artists pair musical selections with readings by distinguished guest speakers.

The San Diego Pro Arte Voices will present their fourth annual An Evening of Readings & Carols on Friday, December 15 and Saturday, December 16, 2017. The format of the Readings & Carols concert is modeled after the famous Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service at King’s College, Cambridge, presented every Christmas Eve since 1918 and broadcast live via BBC Radio. The artists pair musical selections with readings by distinguished guest speakers.

Trans Pride 2017 honors retired United States Navy SEAL, Kristin Beck, who served to protect our country for over 20 years. During her service, she took part in 13 deployments, including seven combat missions. Beck was a member of the US Naval Special Warfare Development Group, a special counterterrorism unit popularly known as SEAL Team Six and received twenty-seven military awards and decorations including a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.

Music at Kohl Mansion opens its 35th Anniversary Season with the multiple-award-winning Calidore String Quartet, who made international headlines last year as the winner of the $100,000 Grand-Prize of the inaugural M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition, the largest prize for chamber music in the world.

A show like no other! Lightwire’s signature brand of electroluminescent artistry presents Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey, a cosmic adventure about celebrating differences. Bring the whole family.
 
Doors open at 6:30.

Join us Saturday Oct 28 at 7:30 pm for a Halloween + Día De Los Muertos Bash with Troker, a cutting edge jazz band from Guadalajara, Mexico that fuses jazz, funk, DJ scratching and mariachi horns.
 
Costume Contest, Taco Bar, Sweet Treats, Beer, Wine, and Spirits!
 
Doors open at 7pm.

Artist-in-Resident, Chari Godakanda talks about the Student Exhibition and Photography Project, “Portraits of a City” followed by a panel discussion describing collaborative arts programming in Palm Springs.
Panelists include: Louisa Castrodale, Arts Coordinator, Palm Springs Unified School District; Sally Hedberg, Desert Art Center Board member and head of the Middle School Art Project; and Jennifer Henning, Public Arts & Special Projects Coordinator, City of Palm Springs.

Stop by the VillageFest Information Booth to learn more about Public Arts programming in Palm Springs and meet some local art partners.

The sixth annual Medium Festival of Photography celebrates creative photographers from across the globe with a series of lectures, exhibitions, book signings, and film screenings. In addition to numerous free events, the Festival kicks off with a Keynote Lecture by revered photographer and book artist, John Gossage, on Oct.

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