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Take Action Now- Take two minutes to contact your Senator

Dear Arts Advocate,

June is a packed month of arts action!

This week, the U.S. Senate is taking its turn following the exciting House action last week in approving a $2 million funding increase each for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

You are receiving this email because your U.S. Senator serves on this powerful Senate Appropriations Committee and will be considering funding for the two Endowments this week!  Take two minutes to contact your Senator again today, even if you’ve been in touch in the past on the FY 2019 request. Send a customizable message in support of a minimum of $155 million for the NEA and NEH.

This quick action follows some key constituent meetings in Washington, DC, last week, with members serving on this committee. We need your help to continue to press upon your U.S. Senators how important this funding is to your state.

We will keep you posted on the outcomes. On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee will be considering funding for the NEA and NEH.  And on Thursday, the full Senate Appropriations Committee will be considering the bill.

Thank you for taking this quick action today!


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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Representative Chellie Pingree’s Statement at the Full Committee Markup Meeting

The new co-chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus, Representative Chellie Pingree, gives a heartfelt statement at the full committee markup meeting covering arts funding and expanding grantmaking opportunities for the NEA and NEH.

More Americans Able To Benefit From Arts

Americans for the Arts - Arts Action Fund
              

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Dear Arts Advocate,

Earlier today, the full U.S House Appropriations Committee voted to approve last month’s Interior Subcommittee vote to increase funding by $2 million each to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), bringing them up to $155 million for FY 2019. New Congressional Arts Caucus Co-Chair Chellie Pingree (D-ME) was also successful in adding the following report language to the arts funding bill:

“The Committee acknowledges and appreciates decades of arts and humanities advocacy by the late Rep. Louise M. Slaughter. In her memory, the Committee encourages NEA and NEH to expand grant-making activities in a manner that honors her advocacy, especially in rural and under-served areas, so more Americans are able to benefit from the economic, social, and educational impacts of the arts and humanities.”

Next, the bill will move on to be reviewed and voted on by the U.S. Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee. As the bill moves to the Senate, we have invited three grassroots arts leaders to “Fly-In” from Missouri, Montana and West Virginia to meet with their Senators and advocate for this increased funding bill. Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), Steve Daines (R-MT), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), are all members of the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee. We hope this advocacy strategy will continue to be effective throughout the appropriations process.

Help us keep pressure on the Senate and provide support to pro-arts leaders by contributing to our Campaign to Increase Funding for the Arts in America.

Nina Ozlu Tunceli
Executive Director

P.S. Thank you for your support. Please keep checking back to our blog post for more information. We’ll be posting a detailed table of the FY’19 House and Senate appropriation allocations for each of the federal cultural agencies.

 

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NEA Funding Increase Approved by Full Appropriations Committee

Earlier today, the full U.S House Appropriations Committee voted to approve last month’s Interior Subcommittee vote to increase funding by $2 million each to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

House Increases NEA Funding by $2 Million!

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House Increases NEA Funding by $2 Million!

Tuesday night, the U.S House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee advanced legislation to fund the nation’s federal cultural agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

We are happy to report that under the leadership of Chairman Ken Calvert (R-CA) and Ranking Member Betty McCollum (D-MN), the Subcommittee allocated increases of $2 million to both the NEA and the NEH, bringing their budgets up to $155 million each for FY 2019. Thanks to your impactful grassroots advocacy work, this is the same appropriation level that we requested on Arts Advocacy Day this past March.

Up next, the full U.S. House Appropriations Committee will consider the bill next week before it moves on to the full House and then to the Senate. We’ll need to watch the progression diligently because weakening amendments or perhaps opportunities for even bigger increases can happen along the way as we move into the mid-term Congressional elections this November.

The voice of arts advocates was clearly heard. Help us keep pressure on Congress by contributing  to our Campaign to Increase Funding for the Arts in America.

Watch Oregon’s Poetry Out Loud champ compete live at nationals, a call for grant panelists and one of our own exhibits at the Smithsonian!

April 2018

News & Updates

Watch Oregon’s Poetry Out Loud champ compete live at nationals, a call for grant panelists and one of our own exhibits at the Smithsonian!

Watch live!

Oregon POL champ competes at national contest April 24

Help cheer on Oregon’s 2018 Poetry Out Loud Champion, Sarah Calvin-Stupfel of West Salem High School, when she participate in nationals April 23-25 in Washington, DC.
Watch Sarah’s performance live between 2 and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24. If she advances she will compete in the finals April 25.Enjoy an excerpt of Sarah’s winning performance at the state contest here.
Poetry Out Loud is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts​ and the Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine​ in partnership with the Oregon Arts Commission and other state arts agencies.

2018 Poetry Out Loud champion Sarah Calvin-Stupfel, right, with runner-up Amy Jarvie from Oregon School for the Deaf.

Amanda Wojick exhibits in Governor’s Office

Eugene artist Amanda Wojick will exhibit “The space is always” in the Governor’s Office of the Capitol Building in Salem through May 31.
Wojick’s work explores a collision of abstraction and everyday life. Using layered texture, vibrant colors and irregular shapes, she weaves together elements of painting, sculpture and collage. “The Space is Always” includes works inspired by common materials found within the space of her home.
An exhibit in the Governor’s office is considered a “once in a lifetime” honor.
Read the full release.

“Bricks on Yellow,“ 2017. Wood, paper, paint. 22 x 30 x 1 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Photo Jonathan Bagby

Grant panelists needed to review, score proposals

The Arts Commission invites those interested in serving as grant panelists to submit a nomination form.
Selected panelists will read, review and score applications on-line and meet once by teleconference to provide final application ranking. Commission staff will provide a panelist orientation and training.
Individuals with experience in a variety of arts and non-profit disciplines including music, dance, film/media, interdisciplinary arts and arts learning are needed. Panelists from different artistic disciplines who bring a regional perspective from throughout the state, and a variety of backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to participate.
Contact [email protected] with questions.

One of Oregon’s own exhibits

at Smithsonian!

Tyler Fuqua, an artist from Eagle Creek, has one of his creations displayed as part of the “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man” exhibition through Jan. 21, 2019.
Tyler’s project, “Thorax: Ambassador of the Insects,” is made from mostly reclaimed materials including more than 50’ of EL wire, a color changing chest emblem and four fully articulated wings.
“No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man” brings the large-scale, participatory work from the famous desert gathering to the nation’s capital for the first time. The exhibition takes over the entire Renwick Gallery building and surrounding neighborhood, bringing alive the maker culture and creative spirit of this cultural movement.

“Thorax: Ambassador of the Insects” by Tyler Fuqua, now on display at the Smithsonian.

Upcoming grant deadlines

Oregon Arts Commission | Phone 503-986-0082 | www.oregonartscommission.org

Betty Supports the Arts and the Arts Action Fund Supports Betty!

In Saint Paul with Betty McCollum

Breaking News : Arts Victory in Congress!

Victory! The voices of arts advocates were heard on Capitol Hill.

Louise Slaughter - The Passing of an Arts Advocacy Legend

Louise Slaughter – The Passing of an Arts Advocacy Legend

Friday, March 16, 2018

Louise Slaughter - The Passing of an Arts Advocacy Legend The Americans for the Arts Action Fund mourns the loss of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter of New York, who died today in Washington, D.C. at the age of 88. Louise has been a champion of the arts for decades and our organization and its members are profoundly saddened, but still spirited in her honor and grateful for all she has given in service to her constituents at home and nationwide through her passionate support for the value of the arts and arts education.

We will always remember Louise’s kindness, toughness, and effectiveness. She was elected to Congress in 1986 and was a fierce advocate for the arts and arts education and co-chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus for 23 years.

Passionate about her personal love for the arts, Louise once told an Arts Advocacy Day crowd about a conversation with her husband the night she was first elected to Congress: “My husband swears I told him this…after we’d gotten the results that I’d just won a seat in the House of Representatives, I said to him, ‘Well, all I really wanted to do was be a blues singer.’” Congresswoman Slaughter sang with a big band in college and her husband would often proudly show off a photo of Louise fronting the band.

Our Arts Advocacy Day crowds will miss her spirit, her encouragement, and her vision that the arts should be much better funded in America. Congresswoman Slaughter received the Congressional Arts Leadership Award in 1998 from Americans for the Arts and The U.S. Conference of Mayors, and every year she rallied thousands of arts advocates to speak to their Members of Congress about the value and importance of the arts. With what she described as a fire in her belly, Louise inspired everyone from art students in high school and heads of major cultural institutions to nationally recognized artists, including Lin-Manuel Miranda and Kerry Washington.

“It has been my honor to stand with Louise Slaughter on over 100 occasions in the last 23 years as she fought for arts support while she chaired the Congressional Arts Caucus,” said Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund. “I have called her a friend and friend of the arts for the entire 32 years she has been in Washington. I’m not sure there has ever been, or will be, an arts advocate who has more tenacity, fight, humor, and spirit of generosity than Louise Slaughter.

My favorite memory is when she was giving one of her signature passionate rousing talks about the arts and how she feared for young people losing opportunity. She suddenly spied a high school-aged boy in the group, my own 13-year-old nephew Ian. She looked at him and called out, ‘are you reading anything today?’ and he answered back citing a book of poetry and one on political action. Louise was so excited that she ran over to him, hugged him, and turned to crowd and said, ‘There is hope for America.’”

Recently Congresswoman Slaughter co-authored an Arts Advocacy Day letter to her Congressional colleagues calling for support of funding for the arts and arts education at the national level saying, “The American public wants and needs an affordable investment in the arts” and “Federal investment in the arts provides all Americans with expanded opportunities to engage with the arts in each state and district.”

As Louise often stated and lived herself, “the power of the arts transcends our differences, transports our imaginations, and teaches our children.” Her longtime passion and energy for the arts and arts education are also reflected in her dedication to the people she served, and when it came to Congressional debate, Louise was an eloquent advocate who never, ever let up. Americans for the Arts will miss our friend but continue to be inspired by her leadership.

An integral part of Arts Advocacy Day both onsite and offsite, Congresswoman Slaughter composed op-eds to further champion the cause—in 2017, and in 2015 with Congressional Arts Caucus co-chair Leonard Lance (R-NJ). Louise’s rousing speeches to arts advocates at Arts Advocacy Day can be viewed here: Arts Advocacy Day 2013Arts Advocacy Day 2014, and Arts Advocacy Day 2015.

Pictured: Arts Action Fund President and CEO Bob Lynch pictured with Louise Slaughter at her official Congressional portrait dedication ceremony on April 15, 2015, in honor of her serving as Chairman of the Rules Committee. 

 

Thank you,

Nina Ozlu Tunceli
Executive Director

 

Federal Arts Funding, Arts Education and Americans for the Arts

Americans for the Arts                  - Arts Action Fund
              

It’s time for members to cast their annual 2018 Arts Policy Vote.

Arts Advocacy Day is just around the corner on March 12, 2018. The Arts Action Fund would like to join 90+ national arts partners with a unified message to Congress. Please cast your vote on these three policy agendas for 2018. Click below to vote and you’ll also be given an option to make your annual gift to the Arts Action Fund Political Action Committee (PAC) to support our legislative efforts.

Thanks,

Nina Ozlu Tunceli
Executive Director

P.S.  Please cast your vote by March 12, 2018.