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From March 26, 2010
At the State Arts Council
On Wednesday, March 24, 2010, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to table House Bill 1664. This bill proposed a total of $47 million in cuts to the FY2011 state budget and included completely eliminating funds for the N.H. Film & Television Office as well as cutting $428,000 (all state funds) for the State Arts Council’s grant budget. This move would compromise the Council’s ability to match the National Endowment for the Arts funds, causing further reductions in the grants budget. According to reports in the news media, HB 1664 was tabled due to state representatives’ desire to hold off on making cuts until the State Senate fully explores possible revenue sources and Governor Lynch releases his plan for reductions needed to balance the budget for FY2011, the second year of the budget biennium.
NH State Arts Council Acting Director Lynn Martin Graton stated that, “We understand that the state is facing tremendous challenges. The legislative process is complex so there are many more steps to go before finalizing the FY2011 state budget.
“We hope to have confirmation of our grants budget by early June. While we await word, we are retaining our current outline of grant opportunities, deadlines, and panel reviews so that we are able to move seamlessly into position to award funds.
“The creative sector is vitally important to our economy and quality of life. We appreciate the support that has come forth from so many sectors during this difficult time in our economy.”
Organizations and individual artists are urged to continue to work on grant applications and submit them by the deadlines posted on our website at http://www.nh.gov/nharts/grants/basics/deadlines1.htm. Updates will be posted as we know more.
For information on public support for the arts, contact New Hampshire Citizens for the Arts Board member Connie Rosemont at [email protected].
At the Department of Cultural Resources
N.H. cultural and tourism professionals are invited to join Van McLeod, Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources, for a Commissioner’s Bullpen on Partnerships in Cultural & Heritage Tourism. The event, scheduled for Friday, May 7, from 1 to 3 p.m., will be hosted by the Discover Portsmouth Center at the corner of Middle and Islington streets, Portsmouth, N.H. It immediately follows the Governor's Conference on Tourism (www.nhtravelcouncil.com/conference.html)
For information, visit http://www.nh.gov/nhculture/mediaroom/2010/may2010_bullpen.htm.
Congratulations to …
Earth Made of Glass, a film by Goshen filmmaker Deborah Scranton, will be shown at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, to be held in Manhattan April 21 - May 2. The film, an investigative documentary, is driven by the stories of Rwandan president Paul Kagame and genocide survivor Jean-Pierre Sagahutu. For information on the festival, visit www.tribecafilm.com.
Arts News of Interest in New Hampshire
A piece on an Arts Council-funded Arts in Health Care program in the Concord Monitor
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March 26, 2010