The U.S. Conference of Mayors
2007 ADOPTED RESOLUTIONS
TOURISM, ARTS, PARKS ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS

FUTURE OF PRIVATE SECTOR GIVING TO THE ARTS IN AMERICA

WHEREAS, the National Arts Policy Roundtable, a distinguished group of high profile private executives and public officials , identified the following actions that the government sector could do to positively influence private sector giving to the arts; and

WHEREAS, federal, state and where appropriate, local government could enact or adopt charitable tax legislation, regulations and policies that support the arts, such as exemption from income and sales taxes, tax deductibility for charitable gifts, tax- free gifts from retirement accounts, enhanced deductibility for artists' business expenses, and sensible regulatory regimes that promote voluntary service; and

WHEREAS, federal, state and local governments could modify or create zoning ordinances encouraging economic development and community revitalization through the arts; and

WHEREAS, federal, state and local governments could enact policies and legislation that provide funding support to the arts and arts education, and encourages private sector matching funding; and

WHEREAS, local governments could include private development in existing percent-for-art ordinances and programs, or establish new ordinances that include both public and private development; and

WHEREAS, federal, state and local governments could engage with partners in the private sector and the nonprofit community to declare literacy in the arts as a key educational goal for the 21st century - as central to an educated citizenry as reading, math and science; and

WHEREAS, federal, state and local governments could strengthen arts literacy for every child by supporting national, state and local standards in the arts, arts standards for teachers, and efforts to address disparities in the delivery of high quality arts education in urban, rural and high-minority or economically disadvantages schools; and

WHEREAS, federal, state and local governments could adopt policies and enact legislation that ensure that the arts are implemented as part of the core curriculum in our nation's schools, and an integral part of every child's preparation for work and life in the new creative economy. Such policies could support comprehensive strategies for achieving arts literacy for every child through: Rigorous, sequential arts instruction in the classroom, Participation and learning in high quality community based arts programs with artists and arts organizations, and the use of the arts in developing 21st century workplace skills; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the United States Conference of Mayors urges mayors to consider these recommended arts policy strategies to help stimulate private giving to the arts and arts education in America.

2007 The U.S. Conference of Mayors
Tom Cochran, Executive Director
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