• Home
  • News
  • California taxpayers can support arts education programs through the new "Keep Arts in Schools Fund"
January 11, 2016

California taxpayers can support arts education programs through the new "Keep Arts in Schools Fund"

Written by 
Rate this item
(0 votes)

The new fund will be listed in "Voluntary Contribution" portion of 2013 California tax returns 

SACRAMENTO - Californians will once again have the opportunity to support the California Arts Council and its arts programs for children through their state individual tax refund. Yesterday, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed Senate Bill 571 (Senator Carol Liu, La Canada Flintridge), returning the arts to the voluntary contribution portion of California tax return forms through the new "Keep Arts in Schools Fund."

"This is wonderful news for California's young people," said Craig Watson, Director of the California Arts Council. "We hope all those who know arts education results in future success for California's children will take advantage of this opportunity to directly contribute to arts education via their tax return."

He continued, "We are grateful to Senator Carol Liu for shepherding the enabling legislation that allows Californians to directly contribute to arts education through voluntary contributions on their tax form."

Individuals may make tax-deductible contributions in amounts of $1 or more. Arts supporters who use accounting services should tell their tax preparers about contributing to the "Keep Arts in Schools Fund," and encourage others to pursue this opportunity to support California arts education. The California Arts Council will provide detailed information and tutorials on how to contribute as tax season approaches via their website www.arts.ca.gov

Previously, the California Arts Council participated in the voluntary contribution program through the "Arts Council Fund," but was eliminated after 2011 tax year contributions fell short of the $250,000 minimum required to stay on the form.

"With the improved fund name and designation of all contributions to support arts education in California communities, the ‘Keep Arts in Schools Fund' is sure to succeed in bringing much needed support to arts education in the state," Watson said.

The 2013 tax return form (to complete in 2014) from the Franchise Tax Board will allow California taxpayers to contribute to the "Keep Arts in Schools Fund" in the "Voluntary Contribution" section. Senate Bill 571 was originally authored and introduced by Senator Curren D. Price, former chair of the Joint Committee of the Arts. Authorship was assumed by Senator Carol Liu when Senator Price was elected to the Los Angeles City Council earlier this year. 

Californians can also support arts education by purchasing the "Arts Plate," the iconic license plate with a sunset and palm tree motif designed by California artist Wayne Thiebaud. More information is available at www.artsplate.org

The Mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Wylie Aitken, Vice Chair Susan Steinhauser, Michael Alexander, Christopher Coppola, Andrew Green, Charmaine Jefferson, Terry Lenihan, William Turner, and Rosalind Wyman

- See more at: http://www.cac.ca.gov/newsroom/prdetail.php?id=157#sthash.Jz4kAJLp.dpuf

Additional Info

  • Website URL: http://
Alan Van Fleet

A.E. Van Fleet is an artist and graphic designer currently living and working in San Bernardino, California

Website: www.aevanfleet.com
Login to post comments

ARTS CONNECTION CONFERENCE PARTNERS

            

 

Arts Patrons

Drs. Ernie and Dotti Garcia

 

  

JT Saloon

 

Arts Sustainers

   

The Ranch Projects Publishing

 

Arts Advocates

Cultural Planning Group

Gloria Macia Harrison and William Harrison, Jr.

Harrison House Music, Art & Ecology

OmniTrans

Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace

Paulson Orthodontics

Stone Adventures

 

Arts Friends

BoxoPROJECTS

Chaffey College: School of Visual and Performing Arts

High Desert Test Sites

Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency (JTHAR.com)

Randy Polumbo

Pioneer Crossing Antiques

Riverside Arts Council

City of Rialto

 

ARTS CONNECTION

The Garcia Center for the Arts
536 W. 11th Street
San Bernardino, CA 92410

Tel: 909.381.1900
info@artsconnectionnetwork.org

mailing address:

CSUSB
5500 University Parkway
Visual Arts Building, Rm. 308
San Bernardino, CA 92407

Stay Connected

Support the Arts, Donate Now