April 14, 2010

23rd Annual Arts Advocacy Day

"All religions, arts, and sciences are branches of the same tree" - Albert Einstein

On Monday, Americans for the Arts hosted the 23rd annual "Arts Advocacy Day." It’s the only national event that brings together a broad cross-section of America's cultural and civic organizations, along with hundreds of grassroots advocates from across the country, to underscore the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts.

As a forward looking organization, CCS often sends a staff representative to various seminars and workshops in the non-profit world to ensure we're always doing our best for our singers and supporters. We attended arts advocacy day and learned a great deal about the legislative process, importance of strength in numbers and facts and figures about the state of the arts in America.

NEA Chairman, Rocco Landesman addressed the advocates and armed us with three main points to help anyone seeking funding for the arts articulate their purpose.


1. The arts increase social responsibility. People involved with arts organizations or patrons of the arts are typically more involved with other local organizations and the democratic process in general.

2. The quality of life increases, particularly for children. In areas where the arts are a prevalent part of the community, truancy and delinquency are at an all time low.

3. Art is a poverty fighter and economy builder. The arts create jobs and contribute to tourism. A visitor to Washington is twice more likely to attend a performance at the Kennedy Center than a DC resident.

Our favorite Rocco anecdote: You don't think the arts create jobs? Well there are 200,000 people employed in the arts in CA, and only 125,000 lawyers. ART WORKS!

Yesterday, Rocco testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies. For the full text, click HERE

April 9, 2010

Support CCS via United Way and the CFC

 CCS is part of the Combined Federal Campaign! If you are an employee expected to contributed to a charity VIA the CFC or United Way, you can now designate CCS as the beneficiary!

The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.CFC is the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with more than 300 CFC campaigns throughout the country and internationally to help to raise millions of dollars each year. Pledges made by Federal civilian, postal and military donors during the campaign season (September 1st to December 15th) support eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world. The Director of OPM has designated to the Office of CFC Operations responsibility for day-to-day management of the CFC.

To contribute to CCS through the Combined Federal Campaign, please use the following codes:
United Way number:  8638
Combined Federal Campaign:  62850

For more information, please click here.

April 7, 2010

Egg Roll

Our friends at the DC Youth Orchestra were featured performers at the White House Easter Egg Roll! 

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