Substitute House Bill No. 5337

Public Act No. 99-91

An Act Authorizing the State Commission on the Arts to Establish a Nonprofit Foundation for the Promotion and Development of Artistic and Cultural Activities.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 10-370 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Said commission shall encourage, within the state or in association with other states, or both, participation in, and promotion, development, acceptance and appreciation of, artistic and cultural activities [which] that shall include, but are not limited to, music, theater, dance, painting, sculpture, architecture, literature, films and allied arts and crafts and to this end shall have the following powers: (1) To join or contract with consultants, private patrons, individual artists and ensembles and with institutions, local sponsoring organizations and professional organizations; (2) to enter into contracts to provide grants, loans or advances to individuals, organizations, or institutions, public or private, who are engaged in or plan to engage in artistic and cultural programs or activities within the state, or who are engaged in or plan to engage in the promotion, development, or encouragement of artistic and cultural programs or activities within the state; (3) to accept, hold and administer, on behalf of the commission, in accordance with the provisions of sections 4-28, 4-31, 4-31a and 4b-22, real property, personal property, securities, other choses in action and moneys, or any interest therein, and income therefrom, either absolutely or in trust, for any purpose of the commission. The commission may acquire or receive such property or money for its purposes by the acceptance of state or federal or public or private loans, contributions, gifts, grants, donations, bequests or devises, and the commission shall deposit or credit the same in the General Fund; (4) to establish a nonprofit foundation for the purpose of raising funds from private sources to encourage, within the state or in association with other states, or both, participation in, and promotion, development, acceptance and appreciation of, artistic and cultural activities that shall include, but are not limited to, music, theater, dance, painting, sculpture, architecture, literature, films and allied arts and crafts. All funds received by the foundation shall be held in the manner prescribed by sections 4-37e to 4-37j, inclusive; and (5) to perform such other acts as may be necessary or appropriate to carry out the objectives and purposes of the commission. The General Assembly declares that all activities undertaken in carrying out the policies set forth in this chapter shall be directed toward encouraging and assisting, rather than in any way limiting, the freedom of artistic expression [which] that is essential for the well-being of the arts. Said commission shall maintain a survey of public and private facilities engaged within the state in artistic and cultural activities and determine the needs of the citizens of this state and the methods by which existing resources may be utilized, or new resources developed, to fulfill these needs. The commission shall maintain a register ofConnecticut artists. The name, town of residence and artistic medium of any such artist residing in Connecticut shall be entered in the register by the commission upon the artist's request.

Approved June 3, 1999

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