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Just Released: 2018 Congressional Arts Report Card

The Arts Action Fund just released it’s 2018 Congressional Arts Report Card.

NEA Trend Data

The National Endowment for the Arts released the latest 5-year trend data on arts audience attendance and participation

National Arts In Education Week

 

National Arts in Education Week 2018
Dear Artists, Arts Professionals and Art Enthusiasts,

Join us in celebrating National Arts In Education Week 2018 from September 9-15.

Designated by Congress in 2010, House Resolution 275 names the week beginning with the second Sunday in September as National Arts in Education Week. During this week, the field of arts education and its supporters joins together in communities across the country to tell the story of the transformative power of the arts in education.National Arts in Education Week 2018

In 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act was signed into law and its many arts-friendly provisions began to take effect. Recently, Congress and the Administration, proposed drastic cuts to the authorized funding for these arts-friendly measures. Sign the petition to U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos to encourage her to take action in ensuring equitable access to arts education so that every student in America succeeds.

In 2018, it is a particularly important time to celebrate arts education as we face the challenges in Washington and through states around the nation in fully realizing the goal of equitable access to arts education for every student.

This fall, our municipal, education and state leaders are engaged in planning, budgeting, and enacting of laws which will impact arts education. They need to know about the impact the arts have on young peoples’ lives and that they must support the arts in every community and every school in America. Click to send a customizable letter to the editor of your local paper now to tell them how and why the arts matter in education!

After taking your actions, you can join the movement of thousands of arts education advocates celebrating National Arts in Education Week. There are a number of others ways you can participate through social media. Take part in the visibility campaign during the week of September 9-15, 2018 by using the hashtag, #BecauseOfArtsEd. People from all walks of life can share their story of the transformative power of the arts in their own education and the impact the arts have had on their work and life.

  • Post on Facebook. Tell the world #BecauseOfArtsEd story on Facebook. Let us know what you are doing now in work and life and how arts education has a positive impact with a photo! Be sure to use #ArtsEdWeek, too.
  • Send a tweet.  Share your quick #BecauseOfArtsEd story on Twitter. Be sure to include an image or video along with #ArtsEdWeek.
  • Share a photo. Post your favorite arts education photo on Instagram along with your #BecauseOfArtsEd story about the impact of arts education on your life. Be sure to use #ArtsEdWeek.

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National Arts in Education Week 2018


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2018 Mid-Term Election Arts Action Fund U.S. Senate Candidate Memos

The Arts Action Fund has released arts background candidate memos for Senate candidates running in the 2018 mid-term elections, organized by state. Click on the candidate’s photo or name to view the full candidate memo. 

2018 Candidate Arts Survey

The 2018 Candidate Arts Survey is officially released!

U.S. Senate Matched the House-Set Funding Level for the NEA & NEH

The Arts Action Fund is happy to report that the U.S. Senate matched the House-set funding level of $155 million each for the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities.

Arts Action Fund President & CEO Listed as Top 50 Executive in NonProfit Sector by The NonProfit Times

The Arts Action Fund President and CEO, Robert Lynch, has been named by NonProfit Times as one of the top 50 nonprofit executives in the country!

Statement in Response to Rejection of Amendment to Cut Funding to NEA & NEH

The Arts Action Fund President and CEO, Robert L. Lynch, offered a statement in response to the House of Representatives vote rejecting an amendment to cut funding for the National Endowment for Arts and Humanities by 15 percent.

NEA Funding Increase Heads to the Floor

Dear Arts Advocate,

In a return to “regular order,” this week the U.S. House is scheduled to vote on the bill that funds the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)!

Floor votes on these appropriations bills have been rarer in recent years, and even more so in the U.S. Senate. However, quick action by both the House and Senate is expected these next two weeks!

A potential amendment to cut funding for the NEA and NEH.

This week, 170 amendments were filed to the House Interior bill, including two amendments that would impact the NEA. We are tracking these funding amendments and will keep you posted if they will be up for a vote. The House Rules Committee is meeting tonight to make those determinations.

Currently, the Interior bill would increase funding for both Endowments by $2 million, bringing their budgets to $155 million. This precisely matches the ask you and thousands of arts advocates made during Arts Advocacy Day in early March!

The U.S. House Interior Subcommittee working on FY 2019 Appropriations a few weeks ago.

In addition, this year’s House bill also includes specific support for the NEA and NEH to expand grant-making activities in honor of the legacy of former co-Chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus the late- Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY).

Join Americans for the Arts in making the case for additional dollars to keep up this good work.

Next week, the U.S. Senate is expected to consider their version of the Interior bill, which advanced in committee unanimously with full bipartisan support. The Senate bill would also increase funding to the Endowments by $2 million for FY 2019.  Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) reported that the last time a similar bill saw a floor vote in the U.S. Senate was nearly a decade ago, in FY 2010!

These floor votes will allow further consideration and more opportunities, too, for advocates to weigh in. If you haven’t contacted your representatives, now is a great time to share your views. Here’s an easy way to reach your representative directly by email or social media.

This week and next week your representatives will be seeing this ad in their Capitol Hill papers!

 
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Want to do more? Help us continue this important work by also becoming an official member of the Arts Action Fund.

If you are not already a member, play your part by joining the Arts Action Fund today– it’s free and easy to join.


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U.S. House Scheduled to Vote on Interior Appropriations Bill

The U.S. House is voting on the bill that funds the National Endowment for the Arts this week! Floor votes on these appropriations bills have been rarer in recent years, and even more so in the U.S. Senate. However, quick action by both the House and Senate is expected these next two weeks!