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Advocating for the Iowa Cultural Trust Fund
Posted: 1/25/2017

Dear Friends,

As some of you may already know, Republicans in the Iowa legislature have agreed on a plan to balance the state budget which includes significant cuts to the arts. Particularly troubling is the plan to transfer the entire balance of the state’s $6.1 million Cultural Trust Fund to other programs to save them from cuts.

Income from the trust fund is awarded to non-profit arts entities in the form of matching grants which are key to leveraging private funding from non-governmental sources. This fund makes the future possible for so many arts organizations and the communities they serve.

There is more information about the fund, which was established in recognition of the vital economic importance of the arts in Iowa, and the legislative plans to balance the budget in the links below.

I urge you to get in touch with your legislators right away and tell them why this is a bad choice for Iowa. Contact information for your legislators can be found here. https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators/find

http://www.state.ia.us/government/dca/funding/cultural_trust/index.html

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2017/01/23/iowa-house-senate-agree-1178-million-budget-cuts/96948378/

http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-s-cultural-trust-fund-benefit-arts-raided-budget-cutters#stream/0

Sincerely,

Kayt Conrad
President, Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance



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