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.
Monday, February 12, 2018
Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch released a statement following the release of the Trump Administration’s proposed FY2019 budget.
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.
MUSIC. DRINKS. ART.
Evening hours are back at the Speed! On the Third Friday of every month, the Museum will be open until 10 pm. Each After Hours event comes alive with an eclectic mix of music, performances, cash bar + food available by Wiltshire at the Speed, and of course art! Come experience the Speed after hours like you’ve never experienced it before. February’s exciting events include:
24th annual Valentine Dinner Show, Dancing & Silent Auction
6 PM Cash Bar & Silent Auction Opening
6:45 PM Dinner catered by The Seelbach Hilton
8 PM Show of Classic Love Songs
With each reservation, free tix to the two remaining ticketed series concerts
Purchase a table of 8-10 and receive program and stage recognition.
Great for your business/corporation or a table of family & friends!
Paducah's River's Edge International Film Festival offers a diverse selection of quality independent film screenings and opportunities to engage with the filmmakers including open forums and discussions. See films from all genres by filmmakers from across the United States and foreign countries.
The 48 Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless weekend in which teams are challenged to make a movie. All writing, shooting, editing and scoring must be completed in just 48 hours.
On Friday night, you are assigned a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre that must be included in your movie. 48 hours later, you must submit your film. Next? Your masterpiece will be shown on the big screen at Maiden Alley Cinema.
Paducah's welcomes a new film festival created in cooperation with Maiden Alley Cinema. This film festival will showcase films of all genres made by lesbian artists. Lesbian filmmakers from around the globe were asked to submit their works through Film Freeway for this only all-lesbian film festival in the United States.
The Lower Town Arts & Music Festival celebrates the cultural richness of Western Kentucky with the region’s most outstanding visual, performing and culinary arts. The free festival features vendor booths showcasing more than 50 visiting artist along with open studios and galleries of Lower Town’s resident artists, live music on three outdoor stages and a Taste of Paducah featuring local food vendors.
Paducah welcomes more than 30,000 international and domestic quilters attend the Annual AQS QuiltWeek. In addition to the exhibits of the most exquisite quilts being created today, AQS hosts a variety of special events, a vendor mall with nearly 400 vendor booths and a series of workshops and lectures. More than 5,000 quilters participate in AQS workshops and classes conducted by world-renowned instructors each year.
The theme of “The Love and Comfort Show” is love–love of family, nature, spirit, sweetheart, hearth and home! And this exhibition will showcase the work of women artists from around the region.
MUSIC. DRINKS. ART.
“Looking for Love in the Low Countries”
During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Dutch artists addressed a variety of themes associated with lust and love, ranging from the proposition of prostitutes to the promise of marital bliss. These tantalizing images offered ample opportunities to delight in human folly, to recognize the risks of romance, and envision the possibility of matrimonial harmony.
Louisville Chorus—Daniel Spurlock, Music Director
Featuring the Haydn Missa Sancti Nicolai + additional Sacred Treasures
YPAS Concert Choir & Soloists—Jacob Cook, Director
Organist Timothy Baker
On October 11, businesses of all types and sizes from all across the country—Vermont to Hawaii and eight states in between—will come together for the BCA 10 gala at the Central Park Boathouse in New York to be recognized by Americans for the Arts for their outstanding commitment to the arts. But WHO are these honorees? Learn more about their arts partnerships below including corporate performance groups, extensive art exhibits, and some fierce board leadership.
Join Southern Accent artist Sonya Clark as she performs her powerful performance piece Unraveling. For this artwork Clark will carefully unravel a confederate flag thread by thread and invite members of the public to join her in this process.
Keynote lecture by Dr. David W. Blight of Yale University
Dr. Blight will deliver a lecture on why the Confederacy in its various memorial manifestations never seems to go away. It will also examine why nearly all debates or struggles over monuments and memorials are about the the present. He will address this issue as a matter of origins and about our contemporary political culture.