Dear NIAD Community,
Congratulations. Together, we did it.
This week, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a budget avoiding most major cuts to Developmental Services, Education, and a host of human services that keep our families and communities thriving.
While no budget is perfect in a period of intersecting crises, this budget demonstrates hard work and communication between stakeholders, legislators, and government. It will provide best outcomes for our disability system in a moment when we are working harder than ever to reach NIAD artists with exceptional career and creative supports.
If you are a family member or a community member who voiced your support for funding disability services, or if you are a legislator who took action for artists and disability community members, THANK YOU.
We’re not all the way there – NIAD is still working to fund continued services both onsite and offsite over the coming year – but we celebrate the combined voice of our community of support, and the powerful work we can do when we work together.
Executive Director, NIAD Art Center