On Wednesday, February 24, the Arizona House of Representatives passed House Bill 2755 with strong bipartisan support. This bill calls for a $5,000,000 appropriation to the Arizona Commission on the Arts for Fiscal Year 2022, supporting statewide arts sector investments at a time when the need has never been greater.

While the passage of HB2755 does not guarantee funds will be included in the State’s FY2022 budget, it is a powerful vote of support from Arizona’s elected leaders. A $5 million appropriation would be the state’s most substantial investment in the arts since before the great recession.

On behalf of the staff and board of the Arts Commission, we thank the bipartisan State Representatives who cast their votes in support of arts funding, including the bill’s sponsors, Daniel Hernandez, Jr (LD 2), C√©sar Ch√°vez (LD 29), Robert Meza (LD 30), and Judy Schweibert (LD 20).

To learn more and to personally thank State Representatives for their support of the arts, more information is available on the Arizona Citizens for the Arts website.

Jaime Dempsey, Executive Director