Municipal ARP Funds – % for Arts and Culture

American Rescue Plan (ARP) Municipal Aid – Request for 1% to Arts & Culture

The American Rescue Plan will deliver $350 billion for eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments to respond to the COVID-19 emergency and bring back jobs.

In response to the pandemic’s impact on the arts & cultural sector, the Cultural Coalition recommends that every municipality in eastern CT, the 43 towns we serve, dedicate at least 1% of their local ARP funds to arts & culture.

Letter to Municipal CEOs – ARP – Municipal Leaders – Percent for Art Request

Guidance for Municipalities Considering % for Art Request – GUIDANCE ARPA Muni Funds – 1 Percent for Arts and Culture to speed recovery

Management Options for Municipal ARP Funds Dedicated to Arts & Culture – Municipal ARP Fund Adminstration Options – Cultural Coalition

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Support for Municipalities to Commit & Deploy at least 1% of ARP Funds to Arts & Culture

The Cultural Coalition wants to support cities & towns interested in potentially committing funds to arts & culture, and realizes the capacity and expertise issues in doing so.  We resolve to offer technical support, recommendations, and a menu of options to expend funds that will address priority needs, In coordination with the Mayor Office’s in City of New London, City Manager’s Office in Norwich, and the Town of Stonington, the Cultural Coalition is hosting meetings for the creative communities  – arts and cultural businesses, organizations and artists located in New London, Norwich and Stonington regarding potential commitments of at least 1% of American Rescue Plan – ARP Municipal Funds for arts & culture.

These meetings are intended to gather information, discuss priorities and needs, and collaborate around recommended uses of funding that will be presented by the Cultural Coalition to the leadership of New London, Norwich and Stonington respectively . The Cultural Coalition is working in partnership with these cities & towns to develop plans and support deployment of ARP resources to support arts & culture.

We encourage other municipalities to participate as well! 

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New London Creative Community Meeting
Monday, June 14 from 4:30 to 6:00 pm via zoom
Presentation Slides about ARP funds for arts & culture
PRESENTATION (PPT) New London ARPA Funds – Community Input Mtg

Topic: New London’s creative community RE: ARP funds for arts & culture
Date: Jun 14, 2021 04:00 PM

Meeting Recording:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/JopkNoRTsSaG1_3YxRO2nAX-hzQ0w3WVnOVRHvSIcDY5SL_HYZYu-WIvJKhhqJLB.rHUxqwjddAuceADF

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FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS – NEW LONDON
New London ARP 1% arts RECOMMENDATIONS FINAL 6.30.21

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Norwich Creative Community Meeting

In coordination with the City Manager’s Office, the Cultural Coalition invites the creative community – arts and cultural businesses, organizations and artists located in Norwich – to a special meeting on Wednesday, June 23 from 4:30 to 6pm via Zoom regarding the City Manager’s commitment to at least 1% of American Rescue Plan – ARP Funds for arts & culture.

The meeting is intended to gather information, discuss priorities and needs, and collaborate around recommended uses of funding that will be presented to the City Manager and City Council by the Cultural Coalition. The Cultural Coalition is working in partnership with the City Manager’s office to develop a plan and support deployment of ARP resources to support arts & culture.

FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS – NORWICH
Norwich ARP 1% arts RECOMMENDATIONS FINAL 7.2.21

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Town of Stonington Creative Community Meeting
TBA

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Impact of COVID-19 on Arts & Culture in CT

Office of Legislative Research – Impact of COVID-19 on the State’s Leisure and Hospitality Industry (Feb. 2021)

Americans for the Arts – State of CT Report AFTA State_CT Red Alert

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American Rescue Plan (ARP) Information

The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds provide a substantial infusion of resources to help turn the tide on the pandemic, address its economic fallout, and lay the foundation for a strong and equitable recovery.

Use of Funding 

• Support public health expenditures, by funding COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, and certain public health and safety staff;

• Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency, including economic harms to workers, households, small businesses, impacted industries, and the public sector; 

• Replace lost public sector revenue, using this funding to provide government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue experienced due to the pandemic;

• Provide premium pay for essential workers, offering additional support to those who have borne and will bear the greatest health risks because of their service in critical infrastructure sectors; and,

• Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure, making necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water, support vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and to expand access to broadband internet.

To help alleviate the economic hardships caused by the pandemic, Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds enable eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments to provide a wide range of assistance to individuals and households, small businesses, and impacted industries, in addition to enabling governments to rehire public sector staff and rebuild capacity. Among these uses include:

• Delivering assistance to workers and families, including aid to unemployed workers and job training, as well as aid to households facing food, housing, or other financial insecurity. In addition, these funds can support survivor’s benefits for family members of COVID-19 victims.

• Supporting small businesses, helping them to address financial challenges caused by the pandemic and to make investments in COVID-19 prevention and mitigation tactics, as well as to provide technical assistance. To achieve these goals, recipients may employ this funding to execute a broad array of loan, grant, in-kind assistance, and counseling programs to enable small businesses to rebound from the downturn.

• Speeding the recovery of the tourism, travel, and hospitality sectors, supporting industries that were particularly hard-hit by the COVID-19 emergency and are just now beginning to mend. Similarly impacted sectors within a local area are also eligible for support. 

• Rebuilding public sector capacity, by rehiring public sector staff and replenishing unemployment insurance (UI) trust funds, in each case up to pre-pandemic levels. Recipients may also use this funding to build their internal capacity to successfully implement economic relief programs, with investments in data analysis, targeted outreach, technology infrastructure, and impact evaluations.

FROM FAQ

13. How can recipients use funds to assist the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries? 

Aid provided to tourism, travel, and hospitality industries should respond to the negative economic impacts of the pandemic. For example, a recipient may provide aid to support safe reopening of businesses in the tourism, travel and hospitality industries and to districts that were closed during the COVID-19 public health emergency, as well as aid a planned expansion or upgrade of tourism, travel and hospitality facilities delayed due to the pandemic. 

Tribal development districts are considered the commercial centers for tribal hospitality, gaming, tourism and entertainment industries.

Letter to Municipal CEOs –AFTA State_One_Sheet_CT
ARP – Municipal Leaders – Percent for Art Request
GUIDANCE ARPA Muni Funds – 1 Percent for Arts and Culture to speed recovery
Impact of COVID-19 on the State’s Leisure and Hospitality Industry

Office of Legislative Research – Impact of COVID-19 on the State’s Leisure and Hospitality Industry (Feb. 2021)

Americans for the Arts – State of CT Report AFTA State_CT Red Alert