The recommendation represents an investment of $5 million in state General Fund / General Purpose dollars and $1.15 million in federal dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts. Overall, the recommendation means an increase of $3,582,600 from FY12 to FY13 -- nearly quadrupling the state's investment in arts and culture.
The Governor explains, "This increased funding will help enhance the 'Quality of Place' for local communities in Michigan through increased investments in arts and cultural programs." This recommendation and comment affirm his earlier commitment to increase support for the MCACA as he clearly recognizes the importance of arts and culture to Michigan's economy, communities and citizens.
It's amazing to think of how far we've come together in the last three years. It is almost three years ago, to the day, that then-Governor Granholm recommended the elimination of the MCACA. The increase represented in today's budget is no doubt a result of the impact, hard work and dedication of every arts and cultural organization, artist and advocate in Michigan.
Today's increase certainly validates the work ArtServe has been doing behind the scenes with legislators and administration officials, while conducting the research needed to help make the case for the impact of arts and culture.
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While we should all take a moment to celebrate this news, our work is not yet done. As you know, this is just the first step in the budget process as each house will now review the Governor's budget and provide their respective recommendations. Know that ArtServe will keep you up to speed as we progress through the budget process.
As always, if you have any questions or comments please feel free to email ArtServe Michigan's Director of Public Policy Mike Latvis at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him directly at 248-379-5897.