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NEA Funding Increase Heads to the Floor

NEA Funding Increase Heads to the Floor

Dear Arts Advocate,

In a return to “regular order,” this week the U.S. House is scheduled to vote on the bill that funds the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)!

Floor votes on these appropriations bills have been rarer in recent years, and even more so in the U.S. Senate. However, quick action by both the House and Senate is expected these next two weeks!

A potential amendment to cut funding for the NEA and NEH.

This week, 170 amendments were filed to the House Interior bill, including two amendments that would impact the NEA. We are tracking these funding amendments and will keep you posted if they will be up for a vote. The House Rules Committee is meeting tonight to make those determinations.

Currently, the Interior bill would increase funding for both Endowments by $2 million, bringing their budgets to $155 million. This precisely matches the ask

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“Art-tinis” and Artful Conversations at AFTACON

This year, Americans for the Arts annual convention was held in Denver, Colorado hosting for four days of sessions, workshops, and events that were focused on exploring the role of the arts in creating and sustaining healthy, vibrant, and equitable com…

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State Budget Inculdes $8.8 Million Increase in California Arts Council Funding

Governor Brown and State Legislature boost investment in local community-building through the arts.

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Bobby Welch Guest Commentary in Gadsden Times

Arts leader & AAF member Bobby Welch wrote an op-ed featured in the Gadsden Times about his experience on Capitol Hill

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Take Action Now- Take two minutes to contact your Senator

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Dear Arts Advocate,

June is a packed month of arts action!

This week, the U.S. Senate is taking its turn following the exciting House action last week in approving a $2 million funding increase each for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

You are receiving this email because your U.S. Senator serves on this powerful Senate Appropriations Committee and will be considering funding for the two Endowments this week! Take two minutes to contact your Senator again today, even if you’ve been in touch in the past on the FY 2019 request. Send a customizable message in support of a minimum of $155 million for the NEA and NEH.

This quick action follows some key constituent meetings in Washington, DC, last week, with members serving on this committee. We need your help to continue to press upon your U.S. Senators

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Senate Approproations Committee Approved the FY2019 Funding Increase for the NEA & NEH

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2019 funding increases for several federal cultural agencies based on the allocations set earlier this week by Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Ranking De…

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Representative Chellie Pingree’s Statement at the Full Committee Markup Meeting

The new co-chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus, Representative Chellie Pingree, gives a heartfelt statement at the full committee markup meeting covering arts funding and expanding grantmaking opportunities for the NEA and NEH.

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NEA Funding Increase Approved by Full Appropriations Committee

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).

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

In Saint Paul with Betty McCollum

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