Virginians for the Arts

at 1 E Cary St, Richmond, 23219 United States

The arts strengthen our communities, lift our spirits and build a better quality of life for all Virginians. The Arts Build Communities!


Virginians for the Arts
1 E Cary St
Richmond , VA 23219
United States
Contact Phone
P: (804) 644-2787
Website
www.vaforarts.org

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Virginians for the Arts (VFTA) advance the arts in the Commonwealth of Virginia by increasing public awareness of the important contributions the arts make to the life, culture, and economy of the state. VFTA advocates for public funding for the Virginia Commission for the Arts, which makes operating grants essential to the state’s arts organizations.

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Virginians for the Arts announces dates for the 2016 Arts Advocacy Days at the 2016 Virginia General Assembly - January 27 and January 28, 2016 (which will coincide with the Virginia Commission for the Arts' Conference: Art Works in Virginia to be held on January 27, 2016) Wednesday, January 27, 2016 Annual VFTA Member Meeting & Reception Location to be determined 6:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday, January 28, 2016 Advocacy Day at the General Assembly Building 7:00-9:30 a.m. Advocacy Breakfast Reception/Legislative Mtgs 11:00 a.m. Meet & Walk to Capitol for Photo and Session 12:00 p.m. Session Viewing & VFTA Introduction Registration is $15 per person. To register, please contact Petrina Jones at petrina@vaforarts.org.

Published on 2015-11-15 18:02:07 GMT

We need your help! It is the time of year for arts advocacy letters to be sent to targeted legislators all the way up to the 2016 General Assembly Session in January. If VFTA members send letters to the members of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees we can create a drumbeat. Below are examples of letters that you can use and the email addresses of legislators. It is most effective to add your personal arts story to your letter and put the letter in your own voice if you use one of the samples below. Stay positive and appreciative. Please let Petrina know if you send a letter by sending her a quick email at petrina@vaforarts.org. She can track how much arts email traffic is going to the money committees. If you want to send Petrina a blind copy of your letter that is great too! The lobbyists can use your stories during the General Assembly Session. Sample Letters Dear Senator BLANK, Thank you for your service to Virginia. I am writing to express my support for increased arts funding in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Virginian arts businesses contribute to Virginia’s economic health by providing thousands of jobs across the state and buying from other Virginia merchants for supplies and building materials. Virginia arts organizations continue to contribute to Virginia’s tourism industry. In Virginia, travelers seek out authentic cultural experiences such as nonprofit museums, symphonies, art galleries, and theaters. Virginia ranks 40th overall in arts funding nationally, while our children’s educational institutions, the healthcare industry, and the U.S. Military utilize the programs provided by Virginian arts businesses. I appreciate your time and your service. I hope you will support increased arts funding for the 2016 General Assembly Session. Sincerely, BLANK Another example: Dear Delegate BLANK, Thank you for your service to the Commonwealth. My purpose for writing today is to ask for your support of the arts during the 2016 - 2017 budget considerations. The arts industry plays a multi-dimensional role in our economy, our kid’s education, and our state’s tourism, both as artists and audience members. These businesses range from theatres and art galleries to design companies. I am concerned that Virginia only rates 40th in the nation for arts funding despite the fact that the U.S. Military engages arts organizations to help its veterans. Healthcare institutions provide art programming to patients and families to improve healing benefits. Research has shown that the arts improve academic performance despite social-economic status. Thank you again for your service. Please remember the arts during the 2016 General Assembly Session. Best regards, BLANK And another example: Dear Delegate BLANK, I appreciate your service to the Commonwealth. I am writing to ask for your consideration for additional arts funding during the 2016 General Assembly Session. Creative industries drive tourism. Art travelers, research shows, are ideal tourists because they stay longer and spend more to find specific cultural events and performances. In addition to driving tourism, the arts contribute to the economy by creating and sustaining jobs and purchasing goods and services from other Virginia businesses. Academic excellence is another important component that the arts contribute to, by raising GPAs and test scores, and decreasing dropout rates. Arts programming provided by the arts industry brings help to our veterans and healthcare benefits to patients. Thank you for taking the time to read this. It is my hope that you will support any arts funding requests that are proposed this session. Sincerely, BLANK If you need additional talking points, advice, or tips on advocacy, please don't hesitate to call VFTA's Executive Director Petrina Jones at (804) 643-0605 or contact her by email at petrina@vaforarts.org. Petrina can provide guidance on how best to communicate with your legislators. To assist you with your outreach efforts, we have included the names and email addresses of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees below: House Appropriations Committee Members Delegate Chris Jones - DelCJones@house.virginia.gov Delegate Riley Ingram – DelRIngram@house.virginia.gov Delegate Kirk Cox – DelKCox@house.virginia.gov Delegate Steve Landes – DelSLandes@house.virginia.gov Delegate John O’Bannon – DelJOBannon@house.virginia.gov Delegate Scott Lingamfelter – DelSLingamfelter@house.virginia.gov Delegate Charles Poindexter – DelCPoindexter@house.virginia.gov Delegate Jimmie Massie – DelJMassie@house.virginia.gov Delegate Chris Peace – DelCPeace@house.virginia.gov Delegate Tag Greason – DelTGreason@house.virginia.gov Delegate Barry Knight – DelBKnight@house.virginia.gov Delegate Rich Anderson – DelRAnderson@house.virginia.gov Delegate Scott Garrett – DelSGarrett@house.virginia.gov Delegate Chris Stolle – DelCStolle@house.virginia.gov Delegate Luke Torian – DelLTorian@house.virginia.gov Delegate Daun Hester – DelDHester@house.virginia.gov Delegate Mark Sickles – DelMSickles@house.virginia.gov Delegate Matthew James – DelMJames@house.virginia.gov Delegate Betsy Carr – DelBCarr@house.virginia.gov Senate Finance Committee Members Senator Janet Howell – district32@senate.virginia.gov Senator Dick Saslaw – district35@senate.virginia.gov Senator Tommy Norment – district03@senate.virginia.gov Senator Emmett Hanger – district24@senate.virginia.gov Senator Louise Lucas – district18@senate.virginia.gov Senator Steve Newman – district23@senate.virginia.gov Senator Frank Ruff – district15@senate.virginia.gov Senator Frank Wagner – district07@senate.virginia.gov Senator Ryan McDougle – district04@senate.virginia.gov Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel – district27@senate.virginia.gov Senator Bill Carrico – district40@senate.virginia.gov Senator Kenneth Alexander – district05@senate.virginia.gov

Published on 2015-09-28 16:11:00 GMT

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Published on 2015-09-05 16:00:53 GMT

It is September, and time to ACTIVATE our letter writing campaign!!! We need your help! What a message we would send if every VFTA member were to send letters to the members of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees. Below are examples of letters that you can use and the email addresses of legislators. It is most effective to add your personal arts story to your letter and put the letter in your own voice if you use one of the samples below. Stay positive and appreciative. Please let Petrina know if you send a letter by sending her a quick email at petrina@vaforarts.org. She can track how much arts email traffic is going to the money committees. If you want to send Petrina a blind copy of your letter that is great too! The lobbyists can use your stories during the General Assembly Session. Sample Letters Dear Senator BLANK, Thank you for your service to Virginia. I am writing to express my support for increased arts funding in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Virginian arts businesses contribute to Virginia’s economic health by providing thousands of jobs across the state and buying from other Virginia merchants for supplies and building materials. Virginia arts organizations continue to contribute to Virginia’s tourism industry. In Virginia, travelers seek out authentic cultural experiences such as nonprofit museums, symphonies, art galleries, and theaters. Virginia ranks 40th overall in arts funding nationally, while our children’s educational institutions, the healthcare industry, and the U.S. Military utilize the programs provided by Virginian arts businesses. I appreciate your time and your service. I hope you will support increased arts funding for the 2016 General Assembly Session. Sincerely, BLANK Another example: Dear Delegate BLANK, Thank you for your service to the Commonwealth. My purpose for writing today is to ask for your support of the arts during the 2016 - 2017 budget considerations. The arts industry plays a multi-dimensional role in our economy, our kid’s education, and our state’s tourism, both as artists and audience members. These businesses range from theatres and art galleries to design companies. I am concerned that Virginia only rates 40th in the nation for arts funding despite the fact that the U.S. Military engages arts organizations to help its veterans. Healthcare institutions provide art programming to patients and families to improve healing benefits. Research has shown that the arts improve academic performance despite social-economic status. Thank you again for your service. Please remember the arts during the 2016 General Assembly Session. Best regards, BLANK And another example: Dear Delegate BLANK, I appreciate your service to the Commonwealth. I am writing to ask for your consideration for additional arts funding during the 2016 General Assembly Session. Creative industries drive tourism. Art travelers, research shows, are ideal tourists because they stay longer and spend more to find specific cultural events and performances. In addition to driving tourism, the arts contribute to the economy by creating and sustaining jobs and purchasing goods and services from other Virginia businesses. Academic excellence is another important component that the arts contribute to, by raising GPAs and test scores, and decreasing dropout rates. Arts programming provided by the arts industry brings help to our veterans and healthcare benefits to patients. Thank you for taking the time to read this. It is my hope that you will support any arts funding requests that are proposed this session. Sincerely, BLANK If you need additional talking points, advice, or tips on advocacy, please don't hesitate to call VFTA's Executive Director Petrina Jones at (804) 643-0605 or contact her by email at petrina@vaforarts.org. Petrina can provide guidance on how best to communicate with your legislators. To assist you with your outreach efforts, we have included the names and email addresses of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees below: House Appropriations Committee Members Delegate Chris Jones - DelCJones@house.virginia.gov Delegate Riley Ingram – DelRIngram@house.virginia.gov Delegate Kirk Cox – DelKCox@house.virginia.gov Delegate Steve Landes – DelSLandes@house.virginia.gov Delegate John O’Bannon – DelJOBannon@house.virginia.gov Delegate Scott Lingamfelter – DelSLingamfelter@house.virginia.gov Delegate Charles Poindexter – DelCPoindexter@house.virginia.gov Delegate Jimmie Massie – DelJMassie@house.virginia.gov Delegate Chris Peace – DelCPeace@house.virginia.gov Delegate Tag Greason – DelTGreason@house.virginia.gov Delegate Barry Knight – DelBKnight@house.virginia.gov Delegate Rich Anderson – DelRAnderson@house.virginia.gov Delegate Scott Garrett – DelSGarrett@house.virginia.gov Delegate Chris Stolle – DelCStolle@house.virginia.gov Delegate Luke Torian – DelLTorian@house.virginia.gov Delegate Daun Hester – DelDHester@house.virginia.gov Delegate Mark Sickles – DelMSickles@house.virginia.gov Delegate Matthew James – DelMJames@house.virginia.gov Delegate Betsy Carr – DelBCarr@house.virginia.gov Senate Finance Committee Members Senator Janet Howell – district32@senate.virginia.gov Senator Dick Saslaw – district35@senate.virginia.gov Senator Tommy Norment – district03@senate.virginia.gov Senator Emmett Hanger – district24@senate.virginia.gov Senator Louise Lucas – district18@senate.virginia.gov Senator Steve Newman – district23@senate.virginia.gov Senator Frank Ruff – district15@senate.virginia.gov Senator Frank Wagner – district07@senate.virginia.gov Senator Ryan McDougle – district04@senate.virginia.gov Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel – district27@senate.virginia.gov Senator Bill Carrico – district40@senate.virginia.gov Senator Kenneth Alexander – district05@senate.virginia.gov

Published on 2015-09-05 15:22:03 GMT

We are now accepting applications for the 2015 Dominion Resources ArtStars Awards! Learn more on how to earn a $5000.00 award for your art organization at www.vaforarts.org.

Published on 2015-04-22 19:29:00 GMT

VFTA END OF SESSION WRAP-UP... VCA FUNDING AND THE BUDGET We are happy to report that within the budget passed by the General Assembly, the funding for the Virginia Commission for the Arts was not cut and has been left level. During an extremely difficult budget year when many programs were on the chopping block, this is very positive for the VFTA and the VCA. While the General Assembly made no further cuts to the Virginia Commission for the Arts budget for these years, the VCA will still be affected by the 5% agency cuts for FY2015 and 7% agency cuts for FY2016 as announced by Governor McAuliffe during 2014 to help offset the budget shortfall. The approximate amount of these cuts is anticipated to be roughly $195,000 for FY2015 and $273,000 for FY2016. These cuts made in 2014 were part of Governor McAuliffe’s across the board agency level cuts made to help offset the projected $882 million deficit for the next two fiscal years. In summary, the General Assembly left funding for the VCA intact; however, Governor McAuliffe’s cuts will still affect the VCA’s budget. ETHICS REFORM - GIFT LAWS Over the past few weeks many of you have asked questions regarding ethics reform and how it may affect VFTA. After extensive discussions and negotiations, an ethics reform bill was finally passed on the last day of the Session. The reform bill now awaits final signature by Governor McAuliffe. Under current law, any gifts worth $50 or more must be disclosed to the state. This disclosure requirement applies to gifts such as tickets to performances or attendance at receptions that may be given by members of VFTA. The final ethics bill passed by the General Assembly additionally puts a limit of $100 on gifts, including meals and trips. This limit also extends to dependents living in a public official’s home. Important to note is that this $100 per-gift cap appears to only apply to lobbyists, their principals and anyone seeking to do business with the state. As such, gifts under $50 are not required to be reported so tickets or passes to events under this threshold are still permitted. Additionally, there are exceptions to the $100 per-gift cap for food and beverages at a “widely attended event”. At this time, it is not clear what “seeking to do business with the state” means and the Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council is expected to further define this concept. As many VFTA members receive grants from the VCA, a state agency, it is possible that this limit could apply to any VFTA member seeking a grant from the VCA. As a result, this is something that should be further monitored. The new law does not take effect until January 1, 2016. Until then, the existing gift law remains in effect. It is very likely that Governor McAuliffe will be making amendments to the legislation resulting in further changes to the reform. An update will be sent after reconvened session on April 15th regarding the final ethics reform law. ARTS CAUCUS MEETING On Wednesday, February 25th the Arts Caucus held a joint meeting with the Military and Veterans Caucus in the General Assembly. Delegate Rich Anderson (R-Prince William), Senator Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania), Delegate Scott Taylor (R-Virginia Beach), Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Springfield), Delegate Monty Mason (D-Williamsburg), Delegate Mark Keam (D-Vienna), Delegate Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean), and Delegate Vivian Watts (D-Annandale) were present for the meeting. At the meeting Margi Vanderhye, Executive Director for the Virginia Commission for the Arts, spoke on programs that are starting across the country for art therapy for veterans and wounded warriors. Vanderhye encouraged the legislators to work with the VCA to help grow art therapy programs in Virginia that would benefit our veterans and wounded warriors. Programs such as these are a great way to bolster bi-partisan support for the arts here in the Commonwealth.

Published on 2015-03-04 19:32:36 GMT

In Case You Missed It: State Arts Organization, Virginians for the Arts, Welcomes Petrina Jones Richmond, VA-Virginians for the Arts (VFTA) is pleased to announce Petrina L. Jones as its new Executive Director. “Petrina has a wealth of knowledge and experience, and is uniquely suited to lead Virginians for the Arts in engaging Virginians in a united advocacy effort to protect and increase support for the arts as our mission calls for” Chairman Butch Davies stated. Before being named the Executive Director of Virginians for the Arts in January 2015, Petrina Jones worked at the lobbying firm, The Vectre Corporation in Richmond, Virginia. For nineteen years, she built her extensive statewide relationships while lobbying members of the Virginia General Assembly and the Executive Branch representing a broad spectrum of businesses and industries. She developed and implemented grass tops and grassroots strategies for a number of projects on the federal, state and local levels. Jones successfully fought to protect her clients' interests during the budget process and monitored pending legislative and regulatory issues before the General Assembly, Commonwealth Transportation Board, Coal and Energy Commission and the Board of Education. A graduate of Shenandoah University's Conservatory of Music, Jones received a Bachelor of Fine Arts – Music Theatre degree in 1993. Jones was named the 1997 recipient of the university's Outstanding Young Alumni Achievement Award for her work as an actress. After touring the United States as a title role actress of a nationally acclaimed theatre company, Virginia Repertory Theatre, Jones performed in a statewide educational tour co-produced by Prevent Child Abuse Virginia, the Virginia Department of Social Services and Theatre IV America. For the past seven years she has trained and led a group of six actors who assist the Child Advocacy Centers of Virginia in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice with a conference called ChildFirst Virginia-an instructional program for law enforcement officers, attorneys and social workers that interact with traumatized children. Jones served on the Board of Directors of CultureWorks (formerly the Arts Council of Richmond). She participated in Governor Warner's Partnership for Achieving Successful Schools by mentoring at Clark Springs Elementary in Richmond. VFTA’s mission since its establishment in 1992 has been to preserve the arts in the Commonwealth by advocating for increased funding for the Virginia Commission for the Arts. VFTA’s membership includes artists, arts patrons, and arts organizations. ###