We encourage you to sign on as a supporter of this model for distribution of funds under Mayor Kasim Reed’s proposed .1% sales tax to benefit Arts and Culture in Atlanta. Your signature will be added automatically to the list of supporters on the Cover Letter (shown below) accompanying this model, which has been sent to Mayor Reed's Office.
Mayor Reed has proposed a dedicated funding source for Arts and Culture in Atlanta in the way of a .1% sales tax. In articles referencing the Mayor's announcement of pursuing this dedicated funding stream as part of his legislative agenda, Denver, Colorado’s model for a similar distribution of a tax allocation was cited several times. While we applaud the Mayor's commitment to Arts and Culture, many sources have sited numerous critiques with the model used in Denver, including a majority of the funds going to only a few of the largest arts institutions within the city. Grantmakers in the Arts and many others have continually outlined the biases and inequity in traditional funding mechanisms that can harm growth, cultural diversity and creativity within an arts ecosystem. Our proposed model for Mayor Reed's fractional tax for the arts was constructed with their recommendations and the recommendations of other research into funding mechanisms that support growth and diversity within arts communities.
We believe our funding model allows for more growth of small and mid-sized arts organizations, and creates a more dynamic structure for encouraging creativity and cultural diversity than models such as Denver. We hope you will sign on as supporter of this model TODAY, as legislation to introduce this fractional tax and the distribution model through which funds will be allocated is currently being drafted by the City to be sent to the Georgia General Assembly.
Read the PDF version with full details of the funding distribution plan referenced here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-YK_acQwRImZ0RRa25aRjJ1TzQ
March 13, 2017 Mayor Kasim Reed55 Trinity Avenue SW, #2400Atlanta, GA 30303 Dear Mayor Reed: Thank you for your commitment to the arts. Your support of a sustained funding model for the arts in our city is encouraging, and we want to ensure that the model provides for an equitable distribution of those funds. We – as a cohort of arts leaders – have prepared a proposal for the distribution of funds to be generated by a “fractional tax” for the arts and culture in Atlanta. We believe this proposal reflects your vision to support Atlanta’s small and mid-sized organizations in addition to our larger institutions. In drafting this model, we researched various models around the country of dedicated tax funding streams for arts and culture, including Denver, CO, Houston, TX, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC. The below proposed funding structure has been modeled similarly and includes recommended eligibility requirements, fiscal management, fund administration and governance, and funding tiers. Our modifications to other funding distribution models represent distinctions necessary to ensure the rich diversity of Atlanta’s arts ecology. To best support your vision and legacy regarding this legislation, it is of the utmost importance that this new funding mechanism serves the citizens of Atlanta with sensitivity to structural inequities and implicit bias in traditional funding models from the outset. As you stated at this year’s State of the City address, “Organizations like the Woodruff Arts Center are thriving, but our small and medium-sized groups, our young and emerging artists, need additional support. We need to give back to the creative community that gives so much to our city.” We champion a proposed structure that advances the City of Atlanta as well as mirrors your vision to establish a critical lifeline of support to a thriving, sustainable creative community. Thank you for your time and consideration. Sincerely,
Alex Acosta, Soul Food Cypher Audrey Gámez, C4 AtlantaSaskia Benjamin, Art Papers Courtney Hammond, Dashboard USRobin Bernat, Poem 88 Jessyca Holland, C4 Atlanta Jessica Caldas Heather Infantry, Moving in the Spirit Monica Campana, Living Walls Veronica Kessenich, Atlanta ContemporaryRichard Carvlin, glo Beth Malone, Dashboard US Anne Archer Dennington, Flux Projects Amy Miller, Atlanta Celebrates Photography Laura Flusche, MODA Priscilla Smith, Priscilla Smith ProductionsMyrna Fuller, Hammonds House Museum Brandon Barr, weloveatl Haylee Anne Fucini-LenkeySarah Alison Hodges, Critical Crop Top Media, LLCDr. Philip J. Rogers, Adagio Productions, Inc. Joe Winter Corey BradberryMack Headrick, 7 StagesMatthew Blidgett, Needle in a Haystack Shannon Evans , Studio No. 7Sherrie Lynn Hauser-Simmons, Arts Education/STEAM AdvocateJoseph DreherCharmaine Minniefield, The New Freedom ProjectTamara Harper, Tam TunesAmber Singleton,Amber Singleton ArtMiriam Robinson Caroline Huftalen, 7 StagesSara Gregory, MakeShift Circus CollectiveErin Green Deborah Landry, Engaging ArtsTasha Tavaras, Georgia Lawyers for the Arts Jacob Gunte, Twin RadiusRusty Wallace Elisa Coker, Flux Projects Adam Coker, Art PapersKlimchak Marcia Wood, Marcia Wood GalleryClaire Emily Christie Rachel Parish Peter Hardy, The Essential TheatreMaggie Benoit, Atlanta Contemproary Bill Gignilliat, ArtsGeorgia, Inc.Linda Boston, Performing & Literary Artist / Founder PEER IncErica Jamison, MINTArthur Morris, STOMP MinistriesMeredith Kooi, ALTERED MEANSPaige Heurtin Roxane Hollosi Adam Fristoe, Out of Hand TheaterCarlton Turner, Alternate ROOTSBrett Oliver, Flux ProjectsPamela Turner, multiShades.atlantaJamie Badoud, The Hambidge CenterQuianah Upton, Arbitrary Living Nena Gilreath, Ballethnic Dance Company Danielle Deadwyler Kristy Hammam Stephanie Kong, WonderRoot & the Humble TelescopesTeresa Sanson, ArtistTJMichael Greer O'Shea, C4 AtlantaMaggie Davis, Goat Farm Art CenterDavid Cohen Daniel Flores, Art Is King Tabby Molapo Mike Walbert, A3CSusan Bridges, WhitespaceMalika Whitley, ChopArtTiffany Latrice , TILA Studios, LLC. Tash Nikol Smith, Murmur MediaCrystal Desai Shannon M. Turner, StoryMuseDavid R. Wilkes Hellenne Vermillion, ArtistSue Schroeder, Core DanceElizabeth Strickler Neda Abghari, The Creatives Project (TCP)Tori Price, Luna Leigh ArtsJessica Miller, BURNAWAYOrion Crook, OrionPsychotherapy.orgDouglas Scott, Full Radius DanceAnnette Cone-Skelton, The Museum of Contemporary Art of GeorgiaAdam Wagner, Ernest G Welch School of Art & DesignMichael Haverty, 7 Stages TheatreMatt Arnett Nirvana Kelly, Georgia Artists for Progress Stacey Petterson Lisa Shinault keith nabb Melonie Tharpe Margo Moskowitz Nathan Sharratt Amber Bradshaw, Working Title PlaywrightsDaryl Lisa Fazio Clare Callahan, Spruill Center for the ArtsCara Gilbert, Cara Gilbert CeramicsNedra Pezold Roberts, Working Title PlaywrightsLiz Lyons Edwin M. White octavis westwood p anderson, Defend AtlantaElisa Clayton, Working Title Playwrights Suzanne S. Mercer, Atlanta Shakespeare CompanyNathaniel N. Ndukuba, Studio 219 Atlanta, LLCJennifer Field Penny Mickelbury, Playwright, novelist, journalistAdia Davina Reid Shay vaughn Alijah Hurley , All Black Congress KeAnne Wright Thomas Swanston, StudioSwan LlcChristopher jackson, Y0$#! (Yoshi) crew Gail Foster, StudioSwan LlcRodney Fowlkes jr. Nigel mentore Michael A Smith Ayana Moore, BAPWilliam Cash , 787 WindsorJason williams, The DBSCMichael David Murphy, Atlanta Celebrates PhotographyGenesis Lewis Ann-Carol Pence, Aurora TheatreMeryl Manfre Clark John Waymire, Mitchell Gold + Bob WilliamsKat Smith Matt Lewis, Aurora TheatreKathy Janich, Artistic associate, Synchronicity TheatreKimberly Staples Benjamin Davis, Atlanta Musical Theatre FestivalKimberly Townsend, Alliance TheatreJudy Morgan Laura Cole, The Atlanta Shakespeare CompanyMelissa Messina, Flux ProjectsJasmine Renee Ellis Darlene White, Cupcakes & CanvasesJulianna Jones Kadeja Barber Harriet Davidow Paul Conroy, Out Front Theatre Company Sharon Blackwood, Film, Television and Theatre ActorK. Wilcox Jenni McCarthy Clare Timmerman, MODABailey Shaw Caroline Driebe Stu Lipkin Luis R. Hernandez, Performing ArtistAnne Lambert Tracht, ConsultArt, Inc.Marci Adilman Elizabeth Lide Paul Kayhart Margaret Wyatt Dustin James Brown, Georgia Ensemble TheatreLauren Peterson, Artist, Doppler ProjectsHolly Stilo Art Vandenberg, ArtistRenita James, Aurora TheatreAlexandra Helton Rose Alexander Lisa Angertmorris Morri David Hamilton, Architecture and Design CenterAja Kahti, Naked Wanderlustanthony smith, Studio 219Beverly Trader Austin, Working TItle PlaywrightsNatasha Patel Christopher case Keana Watson, Geisha AtlMercedes Ramos- Tchanga Steven L. Anderson, Day & Night Projects Chris McCord, Moving in the SpiritCory Phelps, Up the Hill Productions Bryan Montemayor Leatrice Ellzy John Harper Laura Mood, Peach State CollectiveThomas Fowlkes, Horizon TheatreMary Anne Mitchell, artistJulian Boehm Mohr, Jr., Momar, Inc.Kristen Silton, Actor's ExpressSarah T. Davis Brian Wallenberg, Atlanta BalletDavid Elsea Lauren Pallotta Stumberg, Artist, Think GreatlyTori Tinsley Cyprus Pyre Meraz Amy L. Ashbaugh Shana Robbind Estela Semeco, ArtistAngela Bennett, Roots ProductionsShelly Curson Stephanie Raborn Lynda B. Courts Patricia Lacrete Yoon Nam Dean Velez, Sprocket CreativeSydney Willard Kristina Brown, gloShannon Willow, Shannon Willow Art, LLCRobert Egizio, Stage Door PlayersLouise E. Shaw Sophia Gallagher, Solidarity Economy ATLElizabeth Jarrett, Deer Bear Wolf; Downtown Players ClubEric Shen, Georgia TechNolan Martin Savonna Atkins Lisa Adler, Horizon Theatre CompanyNatalia Montoya Angela Harris, Dance CanvasStephanie Cash, BurnawayNicholas Adams Katelyn King Samuel King Judy Winograd, Atlanta Printmakers StudioLauren Reynolds Dottie Freeman