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1$ per Capita for the Arts

Did you know that Congress appropriates a mere 46 cents per person to support the arts across the country? Americans for the Arts’ Arts Action Fund doesn’t think that’s enough. In fact, a majority of Americans agree with us that Congress should double funding to 1$ per capita for the Arts.

Before you cast your votes on November 8th, please explore our 2016 Congressional Arts Report Card. This useful tool can help guide you in picking pro-arts candidates that could potentially help us reach our goal of 1$ per capita for the Arts.

Please also contribute to the Arts Action Fund PAC so we can financially support the re-election campaigns of key Congressional arts leaders featured in the Congressional Arts Report Card. The Arts Action Fund PAC is exclusively supported by members like you and 100 percent of the contributions are given to pro-arts candidates.

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The Arts Aren’t Red or Blue

Every four years America gets another chance to make its voice heard. And every four years the American arts community, in a way, gets a bit of a fiscal makeover. How is that? Well, it has to do with how the nonprofit arts in America are funded and how policy affects those funding sources. And […]

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The Arts: Making a Difference at the DNC

The Convention Halls are creative chaos. The streets are jammed with animated participants holding placards, engaged in heated dialogue and performing all kinds of issue-based street theater. The scent of policy is in the air. And it’s just the way I like it. Here at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, the role of the […]

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SC: Arts Advocates Protest Arts Veto on Eve of Legislative Sessions

As the South Carolina House currently debates which of Gov. Nikki Haley’s vetoes to override (the Senate will do the same tomorrow), I couldn’t help but post the following video of arts advocates outside the State House last night: Although the weather didn’t cooperate, hundreds of artists and arts supporters came out to protest Gov. […]

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OR: Building a Case as Portland Prepares to Vote on Arts Funding

The Arts & Economic Prosperity IV report comes at an interesting time for Portland as we prepare to launch a campaign for a transformational arts funding measure that’s headed for the November ballot. If approved by voters in November, a new income tax capped at $35 per person will raise $12 million per year to […]

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The Oregon Community Foundation seeking your ideas!

Jules Masterjohn of the Rogue Gallery and Art Center just sent us this email, saying “The Oregon Community Foundation WANTS TO HEAR FROM ARTS-INVOLVED southern Oregonians about what we need in the arts in southern Oregon. If you read her entire email, you will understand the impact that people’s voices will have on funding for the arts in Oregon!” This is very important to the future funding of arts and education in Oregon,as the OCF has just received a large gift, and they want our thoughts on how to prioritize the 6-7 million dollars in annual funding this gift will provide. Please read, and go to the survey using the link below to offer your opinion by answering 5 questions BEFORE JULY 6TH!!

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Local Arts Index: NEA & State Arts Agency Grants in Your County

This post is one in a series highlighting the Local Arts Index (LAI) by Americans for the Arts. The LAI provides a set of measures to help understand the breadth, depth, and character of the cultural life of a community. It provides county-level data about arts participation, funding, fiscal health, competitiveness, and more. Check out […]

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Creative Financial Approaches Support the Creative Economy

Government budget deficits and budget limits of charitable foundations have made alternatives for financing arts projects more important. Five programs in Los Angeles this February showed that many other approaches to funding the arts can work well—and help arts organizations boost participation at the same time. Each program has taken a different approach to raising […]

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2011 Retreat ~ Friday Booking & Farewells

While state legislative sessions are just getting underway in the new year, perpetual campaigning for the election is no doubt leaving everyone already feeling cranky and cynical (or is that just me?). But take heart, advocates! Despite the cornucopia of GOP candidate positions on public arts funding—ranging anywhere from mild tolerance to total abhorrence—President Obama […]

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Full U.S. House Considering Amendment to Further Cut NEA

For an update on the Walberg amendment to H.R. 2584, click here! Last night, during consideration of H.R. 2584, the House Interior Appropriations bill, debate was completed on an amendment by Rep. Tim Walberg’s (MI) to cut $10.6 million more from the National Endowment for the Arts. Interior Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson (ID) gave strong […]

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