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SAVEtheNEA Timeline

Click to view a 2017 timeline of advocacy actions that Arts Action Fund members took to #SAVEtheNEA this year.

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Goodbye, Republican Congress

By Earle Mack, published Monday, November 27th in The Hill

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UPDATED! 10 Reasons to Support the Arts

By Randy Cohen

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How Lin-Manuel Miranda Saved the NEA

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September 14, 2017

When Lin-Manuel Miranda and his dad, Luis Miranda, heard that the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities were at risk of being eliminated this year, they contacted Americans for the Arts and the National Humanities Alliance to ask how they could help. They committed two full days to walk the halls of Congress and made contact with more than 30 Members of the House and Senate on September 12-13. Exhibiting great bipartisanship throughout, Lin-Manuel also received two deserving awards while he was on Capitol Hill: the 2017 Freedom Award from the US Capitol Historical Society and the 2017 Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Medallion of Excellence.

The timing of Lin-Manuel’s visit was crucial as the Senate deliberates on the new FY2018 funding level for the NEA and NEH after the House proposed $145 million for each agency (a $5

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Fall 2017 Arts Action news

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Vol. III 2017 Quarterly Member Newsletter Support the Arts Action Fund PAC. Message from President & CEO Robert Lynch As you can see in this quarter’s Arts Action Fund newsletter, the theme is economic impact. From newspaper headlines across the country to briefings on Capitol Hill, state legislative chambers and city halls, the golden number that we all need to memorize is that the nonprofit arts are a $166.3 billion annual industry in America.

We’re very grateful to the federal, state, and local elected officials, business leaders and arts administrators, who are helping to spread the word about the powerful economic impact of the arts in strengthening cities and enriching lives. In fact, one of our important public partners, the National League of Cities, recently released its annual Top 10 Issues impacting cities. While it may not shock you to read that “economic development” was on the very top

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National Arts in Education Week

Join us in celebration of National Arts In Education Week from September 10-16, 2017.

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National Arts in Education Week

Join us in celebration of National Arts In Education Week from September 10-16, 2017.

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A Giant in Arts Education Research Passes

Blog by Nina Ozlu Tunceli, Executive Director of Americans for the Arts Action Fund

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Leveraging One’s Case for the Arts: AKA Maximizing One’s Visit to Lawmakers

Read an advocacy story of upstate NY arts advocates, by Naj Wikoff

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NEA Funding Approved for 2018 by House Appropriations Committee

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Late tonight, the full House Appropriations Committee met and approved funding for the National Endowment for the Arts at $145 million for FY 2018. While we’re still gathering details of the meeting, this completes the U.S. House committee consideration and advances the proposal to a possible action on the U.S. House floor in the coming weeks.

Although we are disappointed by this proposed $5 million (cut from $150 million in FY 2017), we are encouraged that it is not the termination proposal sought by the Administration since March. This House proposal falls short of the funding requested by a record bipartisan group of 154 members of Congress of $155 million. Similar to the request made by members in the House, 40 Senators requested NEA funding of at least $150 million for FY 2018.

The accompanying U.S. House report notes the “broad bipartisan support” of NEA’s participation in the National Initiative

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