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

In Saint Paul with Betty McCollum

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BREAKING NEWS: NEA Receives Funding Increase!

We have breaking news out of Washington, D.C. today. Congress has released their final funding plan for FY 2018, and it is great news!

Congress is proposing to fund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) each at $152.8 million. This is a funding increase of $3 million to support more direct grants and expand access to creative arts therapies for the military.

This final budget is in stark contrast to a year ago, when the Endowments were facing a proposed termination by the President — the first ever! Since then, our #SAVEtheNEAcampaign has together resulted in hundreds of thousands of calls, emails, local op-eds, expanded research, newspaper ads, and office visits.

Your advocacy, your persistence, and your time has made a difference. Congress has now decided to invest more funding into the arts.

This support from members of Congress in

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Breaking News : Arts Victory in Congress!

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

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Louise Slaughter - The Passing of an Arts Advocacy Legend

The Passing of an Arts Advocacy Legend: Americans for the Arts mourns the loss of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter of New York, who died March 16, 2018 in at the age of 88. Elected to Congress in 1986, she was a fierce advocate for the arts and arts education and co-chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus for 23 years.

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Arts Action News March 2018

The Arts Drive Our Economy

Vol. I 2018 Quarterly Member Newsletter Congress Tax Reform Could Negatively Impact Charities In a series of fast-moving, last-minute negotiations by a handful of Republican legislators, Congress passed an extensive tax reform bill on December 19, 2017, along party-line votes. The final bill received no Democratic support.

This sweeping legislation now brings substantial changes that could impact the health of the nonprofit sector. Although some harmful provisions were successfully defeated (like proposals to tax college tuition waivers received by graduate students), the biggest concern is the indirect impact on future charitable giving that will take place. As a result of Congress doubling the standard deduction, millions of middle class households will no longer itemize their expenses on a Schedule A to their tax return. This is important because the only place you can claim tax deductions for gifts made to charity is on this itemized form. The charitable community

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Federal Arts Funding, Arts Education and Americans for the Arts

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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.

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What Happens to the Arts When the Government Shuts Down?

Together WE ARE Americans for the Arts

Rocky Budget Cycle Continues During the previous shutdown in 2013, more cultural institutions, like the National Gallery of Art, were forced to close their doors.

Hello, 2018. Congress is back in full swing, but little progress is being made on funding issues, including for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

Yesterday, Congress voted to reopen the government for 17 days, after a brief 3-day partial government shutdown.

This is the fourth short-term funding extension. This next short-term funding extension is currently set to expire on February 8th, when yet another showdown over many of the same divisive issues, including immigration, spending, and health care, may occur.

Despite these larger budgetary and policy issues, we are hopeful that, once there is a final budget agreement, the higher funding level for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) ($150 million, same as current funding levels), that the U.S. Senate proposed,

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Americans for the Arts Joins Federal Amicus Brief in Support of Free Speech Rights of Congressional Art Competition Student Artist

Read a blog detailing the specifics of controversy surrounding a painting from a Congressional Art Competition, by Arts Action Fund Executive Director Nina Ozlu Tunceli

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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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