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Save Alaska Arts and Culture

Governor Dunleavy has line-item vetoed funding for many of Alaska’s art and arts education programs, including the Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA). Only your state legislators can save it with a 3/4 override on July 8th. 

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!


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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   

2019 Rules of the Road Presentation

See the presentation here from the 2019 Annual Convention.

Legislative Update for Annual Convention on June 14th, 2019

Read the latest legislative update for June 14, 2019.

ArtsVote 2020 Podcast Press Release

New Podcast Series Reveals 2020 Presidential Candidates’ Views on Arts, Vision for Advancing Support for Arts and Charitable Sector

Legislative Update 5.15.19

Great news!  Today, the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Interior Appropriations chaired by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) officially proposed FY’20 funding increases to every federal cultural agency within their portfolio, including the National Endowment for the Arts. 

The Arts Action Fund Team Is Recruiting A Membership Associate

Americans for the Arts is currently recruiting for an Arts Action Fund Membership Associate to be part of the Arts Action Fund team. This position will be based in our Washington DC office.

Yo-Yo Ma Brings His Bach Project to the U.S./Mexico Border

This past weekend, Yo-Yo Ma brought his Bach Project, which uses the composer’s 300-year-old music to explore connections between cultures, to sister cities on the Texas/Mexico border. He believes the music has an ability to connect cultures and humanity from all walks of life. Ma also delivered Americans for the Arts and Arts Action Fund’s 26th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy in 2013.

Ben Folds Appointed Chair of ArtsVote2020

Ben Folds, celebrated American singer-songwriter and former front man of the alternative rock band Ben Folds Five, has been appointed Chairman of ArtsVote2020, a nationwide two-year initiative of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund that will advocate for better public policies for the arts and arts education. ArtsVote2020 will specifically bring national attention to the important role of the creative economy to our nation’s political candidates running to improve the economic, educational, and social welfare across the United States.