arts funding http://michiganradio.org en DIA millage request a step closer in Oakland County http://michiganradio.org/post/dia-millage-request-step-closer-oakland-county <p>The Detroit Institute of Arts is looking for new revenue streams.</p><p>The DIA is owned by the struggling city of Detroit and hopes to get a millage proposal in front of voters in Wayne, Macomb, and Oakland counties this August.</p><p>Wayne and Macomb county commissioners voted to create county arts authorities. The county arts authorities would be responsible for drafting the millage request that would go before voters.</p><p>Now, Oakland County has taken a step toward creating a county arts authority.</p><p>More from the <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120507/METRO/205070388#ixzz1uCtxj8FI">Detroit News</a>:</p><blockquote><p>A committee of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners agreed Monday to send a millage request from the Detroit Institute of Arts to a vote by the full commission.</p><p>The general government committee&#39;s 6-4 approval means the measure will go before the full 25-member commission at its next meeting May 17. At that point, it will be voting on whether to create a five-member county arts authority responsible for crafting language that would appear on the August ballot.</p><p>Macomb and Wayne counties have each approved an arts authority.</p></blockquote><p>If the renowned arts museum cannot raise the revenue, the museum could go into what <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/dia-considers-regional-tax-support-museum">the executive vice president of the DIA called</a> a &quot;controlled shutdown.&quot;</p><blockquote><p>Annmarie Erickson, executive vice president of the DIA, says the&nbsp; museum is operating at &quot;bare-bone levels.&quot; She says if they can&rsquo;t secure more money, the museum will go into what she calls a &ldquo;controlled shutdown&rdquo;:</p><p>&quot;We will lose hours, we will probably lose most of our programming, we will certainly lose visitor amenities. Special exhibits like the very popular &quot;<a href="http://tickets.dia.org/eventperformances.asp?evt=33&amp;c=1&amp;pg=">Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus</a>&quot; - we would no longer be able to afford those.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Erickson said the revenue raised by the millage would be temporary. It would give the museum more time to raise private funds to build its endowment. Mon, 07 May 2012 18:20:59 +0000 Mark Brush 7369 at http://michiganradio.org DIA millage request a step closer in Oakland County DIA considers regional tax to support museum http://michiganradio.org/post/dia-considers-regional-tax-support-museum <p>Metro Detroiters may be asked to pay a tax to help support the <a href="http://dia.org">Detroit Institute of Arts</a>.</p><p>The DIA is in talks with commissioners from Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties about a possible regional millage to help support the museum.</p><p>There&rsquo;s nothing definitive yet, but if a 0.2-mill tax went through, it would bring in around $22 million for the struggling museum. Oakland residents would pay $19 annually based on average home sales for 2009; Macomb residents would pay $14; Wayne residents $10.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.detroitzoo.org/">Detroit Zoo</a> has received public support through a 0.1-mill tax since 2008.</p><p>Annmarie Erickson, executive vice president of the DIA, says the&nbsp; museum is operating at &quot;bare-bone levels.&quot; She says if they can&rsquo;t secure more money, the museum will go into what she calls a &ldquo;controlled shutdown&rdquo;:</p><p>&quot;We will lose hours, we will probably lose most of our programming, we will certainly lose visitor amenities. Special exhibits like the very popular &quot;<a href="http://tickets.dia.org/eventperformances.asp?evt=33&amp;c=1&amp;pg=">Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus</a>&quot; - we would no longer be able to afford those.&quot; Fri, 03 Feb 2012 22:04:45 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 6092 at http://michiganradio.org DIA considers regional tax to support museum Report shows Michigan's arts & culture sector generates $462M in economic activity http://michiganradio.org/post/report-shows-michigans-arts-culture-sector-generates-462m-economic-activity <p>A new report suggests that for every $1 Michigan invests in arts and culture, $51 is pumped back into the state&rsquo;s economy.&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://creativestatemi.artservemichigan.org/">Creative State Michigan report</a> is based on data gathered from 10% of Michigan&rsquo;s nonprofit arts and culture sector. It shows that 211 organizations generated <a href="http://creativestatemi.artservemichigan.org/overview/value-of-creative-economy/">$462,791,322</a> dollars in economic activity.</p> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 20:56:08 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 5903 at http://michiganradio.org Report shows Michigan's arts & culture sector generates $462M in economic activity After 40 years, Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids coming to an end http://michiganradio.org/post/after-40-years-arts-council-greater-grand-rapids-coming-end <p>The Arts Council was founded in 1967 to help support arts organizations in West Michigan.</p><p><em>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re recognizing the changes,&rdquo;</em> Exectutive Director Caroline Older said about financial problems facing arts organizations, <em>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re making a positive change for the Arts Council, even if it does mean that it comes to a close.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Older says the recession compounded with state cuts to arts programs forced the non-profit to consider all of its options. She says the council realized it couldn&rsquo;t be sustainable anymore.</p> Tue, 18 Oct 2011 21:49:01 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4626 at http://michiganradio.org After 40 years, Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids coming to an end Ann Arbor Film Fest celebrates 50th anniversary http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-film-fest-celebrates-50th-anniversary <p>The experimental and sometimes controversial <a href="http://www.aafilmfest.org/">Ann Arbor Film Festival</a> turns 50 next year, but festival organizers aren&rsquo;t waiting until then to celebrate.</p><p>They&rsquo;ve put together a five-part <a href="http://www.aafilmfest.org/aaff-50th-retrospective-series-screening-1">retrospective series</a>, the first of which screens tonight. The retrospective series will lead up to the actual festival, which runs March 27 - April 1, 2012.</p> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 09:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 4250 at http://michiganradio.org Ann Arbor Film Fest celebrates 50th anniversary Taxing Cigarettes for the Arts http://michiganradio.org/post/taxing-cigarettes-arts <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-981280.mp3</p><p>It&rsquo;s a tough time for arts funding around the nation. Kansas, as an example, just cut all its state support. It&rsquo;s a different story in the Cleveland area, though. That region has found a unique way to fund the arts, and it&rsquo;s paying off big.</p><p>It&rsquo;s made residents like Samantha Kane arts patrons of sorts. She says she smokes about two or three packs of cigarettes a week. We find her waiting at a bus stop with a stroller in one hand and a cigarette in the other. Since 2006, each cigarette she smokes contributes a penny and a half to Cuyahoga County&rsquo;s arts organizations.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;I love that it goes to something instead of road work, or you know, padding congressmen&rsquo;s pockets,&rdquo; Kane says.</p></blockquote><p>This county cigarette tax really adds up. The group that administers the money is doling out $15 million this year alone. That&rsquo;s enough to catapult the Cleveland area to among the top public funders for the arts in the nation&mdash;many times more than what most states contribute.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;I tell people: you don&rsquo;t have to smoke &lsquo;em, just buy them,&rdquo; says Cindy Einhouse, CEO of the Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood.</p></blockquote><p>It puts on shows, teaches dance and music, and provides summer camps for kids.</p><p>Einhouse says the recession hit her organization hard. The Beck Center almost closed its doors in 2009. A wave of private donations helped, but she&rsquo;s grateful for this county tax. Wed, 10 Aug 2011 10:10:00 +0000 Dan Bobkoff 3666 at http://michiganradio.org Taxing Cigarettes for the Arts