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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.

32nd Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture

Watch the Americans for the Arts 2019 Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy, featuring Rita Moreno, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and Tony-Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell.

32nd Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture

Watch the Americans for the Arts 2019 Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy, featuring Rita Moreno, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and Tony-Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell.

Ben Folds Becomes a Board Member of the Arts Action Fund

Talented musician and songwriter, Ben Folds, joins arts advocates from across the nation for Arts Advocacy Day and becomes a member of the Arts Action Fund Board. Listen to his conversation on arts advocacy with the Brownstein Podcast Series.

Why the Arts Matter State Factsheets

Check out your state’s Why the Arts Matter factsheet!

Bob Lynch testifies in support of NEA funding increase to $167.5 million

Americans for the Arts/Arts Action Fund President and CEO Robert L. Lynch testified along with Retired Marine Veteran Chris Stowe before the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

AAF’s Nina Ozlu Tunceli Joins Congresswoman Chellie Pingree in Portland, Maine

Arts Acton Fund’s Nina Ozlu Tunceli joins Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, co-chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus, in advocating for the arts in Portland Maine.

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

Take action now!