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Congress Responded to Your Advocacy to Save Cultural Arts Agencies!

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

The Democratically-controlled House and Republican-controlled Senate have finally resolved with the President the details for the Omnibus Appropriations bill for FY’19 (4.5 months late) to avoid another partial government shutdown tomorrow. It’s expected that the President will sign the bill passed by both chambers into law by midnight tonight. As anticipated, both the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) each received a $2 increase to bring their annual budget up to $155 million. Several other federal cultural agencies and programs (see chart below) received healthy increases as well.

Congress responded to your advocacy calls, emails, and visits to save these vital cultural agencies and took it a step further by actually increasing their annual budgets by $2 million each, despite President Trump’s attempt to terminate them.  The NEA and NEH administer thousands of arts and humanities grants to state and local nonprofit cultural organizations, universities, and governmental agencies in all 50 states and U.S. Territories and 435 congressional districts across the nation.

These FY’19 appropriations levels will be in place through the federal government’s fiscal year ending September 30, 2019. On March 5th, arts advocates kick-off Arts Advocacy Day for a much larger increase for the cultural agencies FY’20 budget, beginning October 1, 2019.

Please support our ArtsVote2020 grassroots and political efforts to build an even stronger pro-arts Congress.

Nina Ozlu Tunceli
Executive Director

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32nd Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts & Public Policy

Reserve your FREE ticket to the Americans for the Arts 32nd Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Art & Public Policy featuring Rita Moreno, introduction by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and performance by Brian Stokes Mitchell.

New Evidence of the Benefits of Arts Education by the Brookings Institution

Empirical evidence supports claims that engaging with art is essential to the human experience: Among adults, arts participation is related to behaviors that contribute to the health of civil society such as increased civic engagement, greater social tolerance, and reductions in other-regarding behavior. Yet, while we recognize art’s transformative impacts, its place in K-12 education has become increasingly tenuous.

Looking at Art Could Help Med Students Become Better Doctors

New research shows that looking at artworks can help future doctors hone their observation skills, maintain objectivity, and cope with moments of uncertainty.

Your Voice Is Needed to Continue the Cultural Trust Tax Credit!

Your Voice Is Needed to Continue the Cultural Trust Tax Credit!

Hello Friends of Arts and Culture in Oregon!  The time to engage with policymakers is now!

We’ve been preparing for all the action in the 2019 legislative session and the opening move is coming on Monday, February 18th when the House Committee of Economic Development will hold a hearing on HB 2052 — a bill to extend the sunset on the cultural tax credit for the next ten years.  We hope you will contact your legislators to encourage them to support HB 2052 and to share with them the priority that you and other Oregonians put on access to creative expression in this state. 

Oregon is unique in the Nation in having the Cultural Trust but we are far from the $200 million fund that was originally envisioned.  We need to collectively raise our voices in support of building this fund and using tax incentives to help do it — remember dollars in the Cultural Trust are distributed to every county and to tribal partners.  This tax credit is an important engagement tool for this state and critical to our cultural ecosystem.  Please add your voice!  Best — Cultural Advocacy Coalition

Send your support letter for HB 2052 in by Friday, February 15th to:  [email protected]

Cultural Advocacy Coalition of Oregon   

Lobbying Strategy Innovation Award

Americans for the Arts and the Arts Action Fund were today awarded the Lobbying Strategy Innovation Award in recognition of their lobbying innovations for the #SAVEtheNEA campaign.

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

Sue Hildick
Executive Director

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

Cultural Advocacy Coalition of Oregon   

2018 Year End Campaign

Support the arts this holiday season.

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


View real-time results
of the campaign by clicking
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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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Brownstein Client Conversations: Americans for the Arts

Americans for the Arts and the Arts Action Fund join Brownstein Policy Advisor David Reid for a discussion moderated by Drew Littman on how they advocate for the arts in Washington.