Happy 2013! The 113th Congress is sworn in, not-for-profits are evaluating our swerve from the fiscal cliff and artists are going beyond the stage to advocate as citizens. Here at TCG, we’re working through the Audience (R)Evolution Learning Convening applications and reading what folks want to Learn Do Teach at the National Conference in Dallas.
Gun Control March
Molly Smith, Arena Stage’s artistic director, recently wrote to colleagues saying “I was shocked by the massacre of innocent children and women in Newtown. Someone needed to do a march on Washington and within 12 hours as citizen activists we were beginning to work with others to create a March on Washington for Gun Control to happen on January 26, 2013.”
One of TCG’s core values is activism, and while theatres and artists often express this value through our work on stage, this is not an Arena Stage event. This is an act of citizenship. If you are compelled to join—or to march nearby in peaceful disagreement—you can learn more on the event’s Facebook and fundraising pages.
Fiscal Cliffhanger (and what it means to not-for-profits)
The tax deal passed by the House last week includes the reinstatement of the IRA Rollover (the good news), and the reinstatement of the personal exemption phase-out (PEP) and the Pease Provision (the bad news). There was no cap or limit placed on the charitable deduction other than the PEP and Pease limitation, which places limits on itemized deductions, including the charitable deduction, for families earning over $300,000 per year ($250,000 for individuals). Laurie Baskin has more on what this means for our arts advocacy efforts here.
Learn Do Teach
Citizenship is made of activism and advocacy, yes, but also of the daily acts of stewardship that sustain our communities. Our 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach seeks to harness that spirit of stewardship by asking you:
- What must you Learn to bring your work to the next level?
- What can you Teach to empower your fellow theatre-people?
- And what can we Do together to change our theatre movement for the better?
2013 has barely begun, and already it’s bursting with activism, advocacy and action. Here at TCG, we look forward to continuing our collaboration with you to strengthen our theatre movement. To quote that upcoming march on Washington: “When we stand together, we stand a chance.”