February 6, 2003 |
Countering the governor's proposal to remove all state funding for the arts, a coalition of groups is asking New Jersey to combine tourism, arts and history under a single agency and create a permanent tax to fund them. The "tourism tax" would add to the 6 percent sales tax a 3 percent levy on hotel and motel rooms and a 2 percent levy on restaurant meals, entertainment and amusements. The groups expect the new tax would raise $250 million in the first year, of which $60 million would be returned to municipalities.
November 24, 2002 |
The Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center, one of the area's oldest depositories of materials relating to early Pennsylvania German settlers, has been awarded a Five-County Arts Fund grant for an exhibition it will mount in March. The $2,475 grant will fund "From the Hands of 21st Century Children," an exhibition of children's art that will compare contemporary works with works done in the 18th and 19th centuries, curator Candace Perry said. The grant is administered by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.
April 9, 2002 |
Former cable-TV operator H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest knows the value of television advertising. Yesterday, Lenfest, now a philanthropist, gave some of that value to several of the city's most prominent arts organizations. Lenfest announced that he would finance - with the help of cable-TV company Comcast Corp. - a three-year, $3 million advertising campaign for the Philadelphia Museum of Art and for the Regional Performing Arts Center and its eight resident companies. Lenfest will spend about $400,000 per year for three years to buy 1,300 30-second ads on cable-TV networks.
February 21, 2002 |
The $1.4 million Gov. Schweiker froze in state art grants seems like a small amount amid the more than $309 million held up in spending this year to cut the state budget deficit. But to Philadelphia-area arts and cultural groups such as Taller Puertorique?o, Rel?che Inc., and the American Poetry Review, the $1.4 million in cutbacks last month means staff cutbacks, bridge loans, and a lot of angst. "Who can go without pay this week?" Thaddeus A. Squire, artistic and executive director of contemporary classical music group Rel?che, said he had asked his musicians.
October 28, 2001 |
The Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County Inc. wanted to do something special for its 25th anniversary, something that was a departure from its usual public education programs. So it teamed up with a local arts organization to develop a theater piece that would carry the project's message to a wider audience. Instead of actors, the piece would feature ordinary people - former and current project staff, domestic-violence survivors, an abuser - in vignettes about their experiences.
June 15, 2001 |
A state Senate committee decided yesterday that the New Jersey State Council on the Arts has not provided a quarter of its funding to South Jersey arts groups as the legislature intended. The nonbinding resolution, which the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee passed with a 4-0 vote, urged the council to reevaluate all grant applications submitted for fiscal 2002, which starts July 1. "We want the budget and the arts council to be reflective of a 25 percent funding support for the eight southern New Jersey counties regarding the arts," said Sen. John Matheussen (R., Gloucester)
October 7, 2000 |
For the first time in five years, Congress has voted to increase the annual budget of the long-beleaguered National Endowment for the Arts. The funding, which tacked $7 million onto the NEA budget, bringing it to $105 million, was contained within the mammoth Interior Department appropriations bill passed on Thursday. The bill now goes to President Clinton, who is expected to sign it. "This is a tremendous victory," said Bill Ivey, chairman of the endowment. "It is the culmination of a decade-long fight.
February 18, 2000
The Delaware River Port Authority is in charge of bridges, ports and rivers. So why is it giving a major chunk of change to the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Freedom Theatre? Why is people's bridge toll money being used to support the arts? Because it's a smart economic growth strategy, authority officials say. We strongly agree and we hope other major Philadelphia industries will follow. As this page has argued in the past, strong community support of the arts is critical not just for starving painters or musicians.
August 4, 1999 |
Though she may dabble a bit in photography, Happy Fernandez was no fine-arts expert during her 18 years as a Temple University professor. Then again, it was not for her knowledge of graphic design or chiaroscuro that the board of trustees at Moore College of Art and Design tapped Fernandez to become the school's next president. As a community activist and politician, Fernandez learned a lot about how to raise money. This spring, for instance, in her unsuccessful bid to win the Democratic nomination for Philadelphia mayor, Fernandez managed to raise about $1.5 million.
July 11, 1999
Talk about plucking a rabbit from a hat: In this case, it was a huge, $20 million check replica Gov. Ridge hoisted by crane from the yawning hole that's to be the Regional Performing Arts Center. It was a crowd-pleaser, performed Thursday before civic, business and arts leaders, and passersby in Center City - all the more so since it was no sure thing Mr. Ridge would pull it off. Only a year ago, the governor nixed boosting the state's considerable financial share of the $245 million construction cost.