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More Americans Able To Benefit From Arts

Americans for the Arts

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

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House Increases NEA Funding by $2 Million!

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House Increases NEA Funding by $2 Million! Tuesday night, U.S House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee advanced legislation to fund the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, allocating increases of $2 million bringing their budgets up to $155 million each for FY 2019.

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Spring 2018 Brings Changes for the Arts on Capitol Hill

Spring Brings Changes for the Arts on Capitol Hill

Spring has sprung, and while Congress is starting work on the FY 2019 budget cycle, several arts-related events have occurred in the U.S. Capitol in the past week. We wanted to be sure to share them with you.

Memorial Services for U.S. Representative Louise M. Slaughter Rep. Slaughter with Lin-Manuel Miranda in 2017.

On Wednesday, April 18, Americans for the Arts remembered our dear friend and fierce arts advocate, Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY), who passed away unexpectedly a few days after Arts Advocacy Day on Friday, March 16, 2018. Various events on Capitol Hill commemorated Representative Slaughter and her life-long work to support the arts, especially as co-Chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus, where she served for over twenty years.

Americans for the Arts hosted a special Capitol Hill reception in conjunction with the Congressional Arts Caucus as a celebration of Representative Slaughter’s life in the arts. Members

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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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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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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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