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|March 12, 2014||Caitlin Fitzwater|
"Creativity is critical to the future success of California's young people. This tax season, all Californians can join me in supporting arts education by donating to the 'Keep Arts in Schools Fund' on state tax returns."
Four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening has teamed up with the California Arts Council, encouraging Californians to support arts education programs via state tax returns.
Statement from Annette Bening - March 12, 2014
"Creativity is critical to the future success of California's young people. This tax season, all Californians can join me in supporting arts education by donating to the ‘Keep Arts in Schools Fund' on state tax returns. It's a simple way to support arts education programs that engage students in communities across our state, helping them succeed in school and beyond. I've seen the benefits of arts education firsthand, and I'm so pleased to join the California Arts Council for this campaign."
Bening is a passionate advocate for arts education and served as a member of the California Arts Council from 2004-2008. As a Council Member, Bening fought for increased state arts funding and championed arts initiatives for young people across California.
The "Keep Arts in Schools Fund" can be found in Voluntary Contribution Section 110 (425) of the "540" individual state tax return forms. The fund allows individuals to make tax-deductible contributions in amounts of $1 or more. 100% of the Keep Arts in Schools Fund contributions will be applied to arts education programs of the California Arts Council, with no funds used for administrative costs.
Research shows that almost a third of schools in California have no music, dance, theatre, media arts or visual arts available whatsoever. The California Arts Council is working to increase arts education statewide by supporting teaching artists in the classroom, incorporating arts into "Common Core" teacher instruction, and turning around low performing schools through the arts.
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 programs.
Detailed information on how to contribute, and promotional resources for the "Keep Arts in Schools Fund," are available at http://arts.ca.gov/getinvolved/kais.php.
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.
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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, Donn K. Harris, Charmaine Jefferson, William Turner, and Rosalind Wyman.