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Cultural Advocacy Colatition to Fight for Arts Funding in Salem on Arts and Culture Advocacy Day 2017

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By now we have all heard about President Trump’s push to eliminate federal funding for a host of cultural agencies and nonprofits. Last week, President Trump doubled down, and proposed additional cuts the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)—in the current budget year. These cuts would hit in the final six months of the budget cycle, crippling grants and programs that are planned and approved this year.

Oregon Humanities depends on the NEH for almost half of our funding. Thanks to this funding, we are able to work with hundreds of organizations around the state in communities large and small, urban and rural. The federal dollars that come to Oregon Humanities from the NEH make it possible for people from Klamath Falls to Portland and Enterprise to Astoria to do the ongoing work of building trust and strengthening community.

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The Arts Aren’t in Kansas Anymore, Toto

Why publicly support the arts when the debt’s hitting its head against a $14 trn ceiling and unemployment’s at 9 percent? America’s nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $166.2 bn in economic activity every year, incuding $63.1 bn in spending by organizations (twice as much as aerospace) plus $103.1 billion in event-related spending by audiences, supporting 5.7 million jobs nationally and generating $29.6 bn in government revenue. The for-profit and non-profit culture industry generates nearly $30 bn in revenue to local, state and federal governments every year. The three levels of government collectively spend less than $4 bn annually to support arts and culture — a spectacular 7:1 return on investment; try getting that in mutual funds.

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