Smart needs art: Support creativity in the classroom through your state tax return

The new year is here, and for those of you who are on the ball, that means time to get to work filing your 2017 taxes. And time for us to remind you to donate to support arts education when you do.

We know you understand the value of arts at school. They’re a key factor in helping future generations succeed, boosting their academic achievement, social skills, and rates of attendance and graduation, while preparing them for a workforce that values creativity above all other desirable qualifications.

You also know they aren’t given the prominent place they deserve: Less than 40% of California’s students have arts courses as part of their curriculum today.

Help us change that tomorrow!

How to contribute

Individuals may make tax-deductible contributions in amounts of $1 or more to the California Arts Council’s Keep Arts in Schools Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund, which can be found in Voluntary Contribution Section 110 (425) of the “540” individual state tax return form.

Are you filing with TurboTax? We’ve got the step-by-step directions to make a donation.

100% of your tax-deductible contribution is applied to arts education programming supported by the California Arts Council.

Get the word out

We’ve assembled a page of resources for you to help spread the word about the Keep Arts in Schools Fund. Promote it on social media, in your newsletters, or on your website. While you’re at it, encourage your fellow art supporters to do the same.

So break out the calculators and the shoebox full of receipts, start crunching, and support creativity in the classroom with the Keep Arts in Schools Fund. Every dollar counts.

P.S. For those of you last-minute filers, don’t worry! There’ll be another nudge along shortly. 😉

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