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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.

The Arts Action Fund Supports Latest Statement by The Charitable Giving Coalition

Americans for the Arts and the Arts Action Fund have signed onto the Charitable Giving Coalition’s latest statement on the importance of charitable giving.

Listen to the Brownstein Podcast Episode on Arts Advocacy Day

Brownstein advisor and former Sen. Mark Begich sits down with artists Rita Moreno, Ben Folds and Brian Stokes Mitchell, along with Bob Lynch from Americans for the Arts, to discuss the connection between arts and the economy and the importance of inspiring arts advocacy in the nation’s youth.

Latest Data Shows Increase to U.S. Economy from Arts and Cultural Sector

The arts and cultural sector contributed $804.2 billion or 4.3 percent to the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016. This represents an increase of .1 percent from 2015 when economists reported that the sector added 4.2 percent or $763.6 billion to the U.S. economy. The 4.3 percent contribution for 2016 is part of the latest report of the Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA), produced by the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the Office of Research & Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts.

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

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). Here’s how you can take actionable steps to save these cultural agencies from termination.

Robert L. Lynch Releases Statement on Trump Administration’s Proposed FY 2020 Budget

Following the release of the Trump administration’s proposed FY 2020 budget, Americans for the Arts and Arts Action Fund President and CEO Robert L. Lynch releases a statement.

Robert L. Lynch Releases Statement on Trump Administration’s Proposed FY 2020 Budget

Following the release of the Trump administration’s proposed FY 2020 budget, Americans for the Arts and Arts Action Fund President and CEO Robert L. Lynch releases a statement.