You are cordially invited to join Gov. Ritter as he signs four bills that will strengthen Colorado's Creative Industries
Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 1-2:30 p.m., The Art Institute of Colorado, 1200 Lincoln Street in Denver
From 1 to 2 p.m. enjoy light refreshments, the Industrial Design students' gallery show and interactive student artwork in the fields of design, culinary arts, media arts and fashion.
At 2 p.m. Gov. Ritter will sign the bills and provide remarks. He will be joined by lawmakers and members of the creative industries.
The Governor will be signing these four Creative Industries bills:
SB 10-158, The creation of the Creative Industries Division within the Colorado Office of Economic Development - merges the Office of Film, Television and Media, the Colorado Council on the Arts, and the Art in Public Places Program, and renames the State Council on the Arts as the Council on Creative Industries and authorizes the Council to establish policies for the merged entity.
HB 10-1180, The Criteria to Qualify for a Performance-Based Incentive for Film Production Activities in Colorado - changes the criteria required of a film production company to qualify for a performance-based incentive for film production activities in Colorado, making the incentive more usable and thus able to attract more film and television work to Colorado.
SB 10-094, The Definition of Capitol Construction Appropriations for Purposes of the Art in Public Places Program - clarifies that the thirty-three year old Arts in Public Places Statute applies to all capitol construction projects funded with state dollars, regardless of the funding mechanism.
HB 1273, Arts Education for Workforce Development - strongly encourages all Colorado public schools to provide education in the visual and performing arts and directs the State Board of Education to recognize the importance of the arts in development of future graduation guidelines.
EDITOR'S NOTE: By way of comparison, the Wyoming Arts Council, an agency within the Division of State Parks and Cultural Resources, supervises the state's Art in Public Buildings program. It offers grants programs for organizations and individual artists, convenes an Arts Summit every two years and stages the annual Governor's Arts Awards. The Wyoming Film Office is in the Travel & Tourism Division of the Wyoming Business Council.