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President's FY21 Budget Calls for Termination of Cultural Agencies Again

Americans for the Arts

February 10, 2020
For a fourth-straight year, the Trump administration has proposed to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the Corporation of Public Broadcasting (CPB).  As misdirected as this proposal is, we are confident that Congress—as it has done in the past three fiscal years—will again reject this short-sighted budget request in a bipartisan, bicameral manner, and increase funding for these federal cultural agencies.

In the past three years, Congress not only dismissed these initial calls for termination, but in fact gave steady increases in funding to several of our nation’s cultural agencies.  Check out a brief history of budgetary proposals and final funding for these agencies for the past three years with the President’s most recent budget request in red below:

Key Federally Funded Arts Agency President Trump’s
FY 19 Budget Proposal
Final FY 2019 Funding President Trump’s
FY 20 Budget Proposal
Final FY 2020 Funding  President Trump’s
FY 21 Budget Proposal
National Endowment for the Arts
(NEA)
Termination $155 million Termination $162.25 million Termination
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Termination $155 million Termination $162.25 million Termination
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Termination $242 million Termination $252 million Termination
Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) Termination $445 million Termination $445 million Termination

Be sure to check out Americans for the Arts and Arts Action Fund President and CEO Robert L. Lynch’s full statement regarding the president’s budget proposal. Additionally, ArtsVote 2020 Chair Ben Folds testified on behalf of Americans for the Arts to urge the House Appropriations Subcommittee to increase NEA funding to $170 million for FY 21. Read Bob and Ben’s written remarks and watch Ben’s testimony on the Arts Action Fund website.

Be sure to check out Americans for the Arts and Arts Action Fund President and CEO Robert L. Lynch's full statement regarding the president's budget proposal. Additionally, ArtsVote 2020 Chair Ben Folds testified on behalf of Americans for the Arts to urge the House Appropriations Subcommittee to increase NEA funding to $170 million for FY 21. Read Bob and Ben’s written remarks and watch Ben’s testimony on the Arts Action Fund website.

 

I’m Contributing $5,000 to the Arts Action Fund

Americans for the Arts
                  - Arts Action Fund
              
Dear Arts Advocate,

Last Thursday December 5th, the Arts Action Fund kicked off its Year-End Fundraising Campaign to raise $30,000 by the end of the year.

We’ve already raised one-third of that goal from members like you!  In fact, I am contributing $5,000 personally to the Arts Action Fund PAC.  These funds go exclusively to the only political action committee in the country dedicated to supporting pro-arts federal candidates, who are committed to advancing the nonprofit arts in America. Additionally, I’m making a second contribution to the Arts Action Fund to carry out its grassroots activities to train arts advocates across the nation.

Attached below is a copy of the email that our Executive Director Nina Ozlu Tunceli sent you last Thursday.  Join me as an arts champion. Please contribute to the Arts Action Fund today.

Thank you for your commitment to the arts in America.

Robert L. Lynch
President and CEO, Arts Action Fund
Treasurer, Arts Action Fund PAC

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FROM:  Nina Ozlu Tunceli, Executive Director of the Arts Action Fund on 12/5/19

Dear Arts Advocate,

Contribute to The Arts Action Fund’s Year-End Campaign this Holiday Season!

Thanks to members like you, we’ve had another effective legislative year in securing an increase in funding for the arts and humanities! We kicked off the ArtsVote 2020 campaign by interviewing presidential candidates such as Mayor Pete Buttigieg in our ArtsVote 2020 podcast with Ben Folds. In addition, we’ve been training grassroots arts advocates in Iowa, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, and North Carolina on how to ask key arts questions to presidential candidates campaigning in these early battleground states. Help us move into 2020 stronger than ever!

Will you make a year-end financial contribution to our ArtsVote campaign to help elevate the power of the arts as we fully enter the 2020 election year?

You can help stand up for the arts by:

  1. Contributing to our 2019 Year-End Campaign
  2. Using our Questions to Ask Pocket Card
  3. Signing and Sharing Our Arts Platform Petition

We can only succeed with your unwavering support. Keep the momentum going by being an ArtsVote champion today!

Make Your Year-End Gift to The Arts Action Fund by December 31, 2019.

Thank you for your generosity and have a happy holiday season!

Nina Ozlu Tunceli
Executive Director

P.S. Here is our official Year-End Letter to members, detailing the achievements we have made in this past year and how you can continue to help in this upcoming election year!

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Arts Action Alert! Please take two minutes to send your message to your U.S. Senators

Hello Arts Advocate,

While fiscal year (FY) 2020 began on Oct. 1, the U.S. Congress must still pass the 12 appropriation bills to fund the government through Sept. 30, 2020 (the government is currently operating under a continuing resolution [CR] through Nov. 21). At least one of your U.S. Senators sits on the powerful Appropriations Committee. They need to hear from you now about your support for robust federal arts funding and how it supports your community and state.

Last week, the U.S. Senate passed their version of the Interior Appropriations bill by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 84 – 9, that included $2 million in increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)! You may recall that the U.S. House bill, approved earlier this summer, provided a $12.5 million increase in funding to those agencies.

These positive results are the outcomes of grassroots advocacy—from Hill visits during the National Arts Action Summit, to the emails (like this one) advocates have been sending to their congressional delegation throughout the year.

As negotiations are ongoing to finish up FY 2020 funding, it is vital to call on U.S. Senate appropriators to include these remaining pro-arts funding levels in the final legislation.

This includes:

Bipartisan Senate passage of FY 2020 spending package that included the Interior Appropriations bill.
  • Education bill—includes arts education grant funds and a provision calling for maintaining a federal “report card” in arts education
  • Defense Department bill—includes language supporting creative arts therapies for service members
  • Veterans Department bill—includes language supporting creative arts therapies and $5 million for veterans
  • Justice Department bill—includes a provision supporting inclusion of arts-specific intervention strategies for juvenile justice programs

Please take two minutes to send your message to your U.S. Senators. Thank you for taking action to support these end-of-year funding priorities.


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Federal Funding For Cultural Arts Agencies Update

Dear Arts Advocate,

On June 25, the U.S. House strongly rejected President Trump’s budget request to eliminate both the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) by approving $167.5 million in funding for fiscal year (FY) 2020! This is an increase for both agencies of $12.5 million over the FY 2019 funding level of $155 million.

The bill now heads to the U.S. Senate for possible consideration (the Senate may also take up their own version of this appropriations bill).

Why Is This Important?

This is the third year in a row that the Trump administration has proposed a termination of both the NEA and the NEH in his budget proposal to the U.S. Congress. The past two years, Congress has rejected this request and moderately increased funding for the cultural agencies. This year, the House is sending an even stronger message of the importance of arts funding by increasing the appropriation by $12.5 million.

The funding increase matches the 2019 Arts Advocacy Day ask, which would help broaden access to the cultural, educational, and economic benefits of the arts and to advance creativity and innovation in communities across the United States. This also follows public witness testimony Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert Lynch gave before the Interior Subcommittee in February, asking for the cultural agencies to be funded at $167.5 million, as well as a Dear Colleague letter circulated by Reps. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY)–asking for the same amount of funding for the NEA and NEH–signed by a record-number (184) of members of Congress.

We are hopeful that the Senate will follow the House’s lead in expanding funding for the NEA and NEH. We’ll be keeping close watch over every step of the appropriations process in case any threatening actions surface. Stay tuned for more updates after the July 4th recess!


Want to do more? Help us continue this important work by becoming an official member of the Arts Action Fund.  Play your part by joining the Arts Action Fund today– it’s free and easy to join!

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Ensuring Oregon’s Arts and Culture Are Protected

Hello Advocates,

We have good and bad news this week as some major legislation we’ve been advocating for has passed, but other important bills are hanging in the balance.

Most of our legislative work is contained in the larger omnibus budget and program changes bills that are assembled and passed in the last few days of session. If the Legislature does not resume its business before June 30th, the date by which the body must adjourn—many of our priorities might be lost. Right now, there’s not much we can do since the political breakdown is occurring between the governor and the legislative leadership.

In good news, the Oregon Cultural Trust and the Oregon Arts Commission budgets were passed. Both agencies are funded at the governor’s recommended levels. We are working to find other ways to cover growing administrative costs estimated by agency leadership that were not approved and thus will impact the grant budget. Other good news—the House passed a tax credit package yesterday that includes renewal of the tax credit and extension of the special assessments for historic preservation. But this still needs to be approved by the Senate.

These bills were all moving along positively, so if the legislature resumes business, we expect good results:

— Renewal of the Cultural Trust tax credit for 6 years
— Extension of special assessments for historic preservation for 2 years
— 5 capital projects targeted for lottery bonding or General Fund contributions (Oregon Nikkei Center, Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Cottage Theatre, High Desert Museum, and the Lincoln City Cultural Center)
— Lifting the expiration of license plate revenue for marketing of the Trust

If you’ve been an advocate or used your voice in any way this year, THANK YOU. This year’s work in Salem is evidence that our Coalition and its supporters are crucial in ensuring Oregon’s arts and culture are protected. Please stay tuned for more news in the coming days. 

Thank you.

Cultural Advocacy Coalition
Executive Director
Sue Hildick


Cultural Advocacy Coalition of Oregon   

Tuesday, April 23rd is Arts and Culture Advocacy Day!

Can you join the Cultural Advocacy Coalition in Salem on Tuesday, April 23rd for Arts & Cultural Advocacy Day? Join advocates from around the state with a strong showing of support for public funding of arts, heritage, humanities and cultural organizations in Oregon. 

Our current legislative session will be halfway over and it is now time to connect with legislators and urge them to:
1) Renew the cultural tax credit that funds Oregon’s Cultural Trust
2) Keep the special assessments that protect historic property
3) Adequately fund the budgets of the Oregon Arts Commission, the Oregon Cultural Trust, and the State Office of Historic Preservation
4) Provide lottery backed bonds for capital construction projects supporting culture across the state.

Please register for Arts & Culture Advocacy Day by April 12th. The day will give you a chance to meet leaders from other cultural organizations, see cultural performances, receive advocacy training from experienced professionals, and help you petition your elected officials to include arts and culture in policy and budgeting priorities.

We hope to see you there! If you haven’t yet become a member of the Cultural Advocacy Coalition, we also urge you to do so. We are the only group advocating on these issues statewide for Oregonians.

Best,

Sue Hildick,
Executive Director
Cultural Advocacy Coalition

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President’s FY20 Budget Calls for Termination of Cultural Agencies Again

Americans for the Arts
                  - Arts Action Fund
              

March 18, 2019

Dear Arts Advocate,

For a third-straight year, the Trump administration has proposed to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the Corporation of Public Broadcasting (CPB).  As misdirected as this proposal is, we are confident that Congress—as it has done in the past two fiscal years—will again reject this short-sighted budget request in a bipartisan, bicameral manner, and increase funding for the Endowments.

Will you contact your member of Congress today to urge them to reject the president’s proposal?

In the past two years, Congress not only dismissed these initial calls for termination, but in fact gave steady increases in funding to several cultural agencies.  Check out a brief history of budgetary proposals and final funding for these agencies for the past three years below:

Key Federally Funded Arts Agency President Trump’s
FY 2018 Budget Proposal
Final FY 2018 Funding President Trump’s
FY 2019 Budget Proposal
Final FY 2019 Funding  President Trump’s
FY 2020 Budget Proposal
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Termination $152.80 million Termination $155 million Termination
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Termination $152.80 million Termination $155 million Termination
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Termination $240 million Termination $242 million Termination
Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) Termination $445 million Termination $445 million Termination

Be sure to check out Americans for the Arts and Arts Action Fund President and CEO Robert L. Lynch’s full statement regarding the president’s budget proposal. We also hope that you’ll consider contributing to our 2019 campaign to save these cultural agencies from termination.


Thank you,

Nina Ozlu Tunceli
Executive Director

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2019 is Critical for Arts and Culture Funding in Oregon

2019 is Critical for
Arts and Culture Funding in Oregon.

The month of December was busy for members of the Cultural Advocacy Coalition who were showcasing their holiday shows, exhibits, and events for Oregonians.  In addition, several of our board members traveled to Salem in December to share our funding priorities with Governor Kate Brown.  Together we face a critical year ahead in 2019 in that the cultural tax credit is set to expire and we are advocating for its renewal.

The month of December was busy for members of the Cultural Advocacy Coalition who were showcasing their holiday shows, exhibits, and events for Oregonians. In addition, several of our board members traveled to Salem in December to share our funding priorities with Governor Kate Brown. Together we face a critical year ahead in 2019 in that the cultural tax credit is set to expire and we are advocating for its renewal.

We are also advocating for renewal of important tax assessments on historic properties in Oregon, and several capital construction projects funded with lottery bonds representing small community theaters as well as major performing arts centers and museums.  We need every legislator to hear from the Coalition and our members about the need to support creative expression in this state and making sure every corner of Oregon has access to culture with the help of public funding.

The cultural community can’t be passive about our future. We can’t adopt a “wait and see” approach—or we will be overcome by other organizations, interests and influencers seeking public dollars. If you care about the future of our cause, we need you to add your voice to our message:  the Coalition will AMPLIFY that voice by showing strong statewide membership and support for public funding for arts and culture.

Take the time to act now. Please join us and learn how to get involved in 2019 by visiting our website at www.oregonculture.org.

Best,
Sue Hildick
Executive Director

P.S.  The cultural tax credit renewal is HB 2052; the extension of historical preservation assessments is SB 48.


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Support the Arts This Holiday Season

Americans for the Arts
                  - Arts Action Fund
              
Dear Arts Advocate,

Let’s Celebrate This Holiday Season.

We #SavedtheNEA. Thanks to members, like you, who supported our

       

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advocacy campaign, signed petitions, sent emails to and met with Members of Congress, and supported pro-arts candidates through the Arts Action Fund PAC, we were able to save (and even increase) public funding for nonprofit arts organizations across America. Let’s now begin 2019 strong.

Would you contribute to our Year-End Campaign with a financial gift?Help us reach our goal of $30,000 by December 31st.

Continue to Be an Arts Champion!

You are essential to the grassroots movement to advance public funding for the arts and arts education. Your contributions allow us to:

  • Financially support those candidates who demonstrate support and leadership for the arts.
  • Produce our biennial Congressional Arts Report Card.
  • Generate ArtsVote campaigns to build political clout and voter engagement at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • Rally national support against attacks to the arts.
  • Keep our network of 400,000 Arts Action Fund members informed and ready to take action through timely alerts.

Keep the momentum going. Make Your Year-End Gift Today to the Arts Action Fund PAC.

Have a safe, joyous and peaceful Holiday Season.

Nina Ozlu Tunceli
Executive Director

P.S. Please know that 100 percent of your PAC contributions support pro-arts candidates across the country.

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Oregon is one of the “Lucky 13” Pro-Arts States

Hi Friend of Arts and Culture in Oregon:

I’m pleased to share that Oregon is one of the “Lucky 13” states in the nation in which all 5 of our U.S. House members and both of our Senators received excellent pro-arts grades in the 2018 Congressional Arts Report Card published by the Americans for the Arts ACTION Fund.  Even better news:  Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici was the only Member of Congress to receive a perfect score!

Congress currently appropriates just 47 cents per person to support the arts across the country.  Yet a majority of Americans agree that Congress should double funding for the arts to $1 per person.  We still have work to do both at the state and federal level and Oregon’s Cultural Advocacy Coalition is here to help raise visibility of the cultural sector and to advocate for deeper access to the arts for all Oregonians.

Please join us in thanking the Oregon congressional delegation for their strong support!

Best — Sue Hildick

PS – Showing I’m a rookie, my last email blast was my first at the Coalition and contained a broken link.  Here is the photo it was supposed to have.  I look forward to meeting you!


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