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Congress Considers Level Funding for NEA

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Congress to vote on funding for NEA next week: With only adjustments for inflation, we’d be investing nearly double in the Nat’l Endowment for the Arts had we just retained 1992 funding levels.

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Sequester Cuts Cultural Agencies

As you have no doubt been following in the headlines, specific parts of the federal budget, including that of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), have been impacted by a budgetary control called “sequestration” beginning last Friday. This sequester, totaling $85 billion, will reduce funding to almost all areas of domestic social programs by […]

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Expected Effects of Sequestration on Public Arts Agencies

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Originally posted 3.1.13

As you have no doubt been following in the headlines, specific parts of the federal budget, including that of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), will be impacted by a budgetary control called “sequestration” beginning today. This sequester, totaling $85 billion, will reduce funding to almost all areas of domestic social programs by about 5 percent, which would mean about $7.3 million at the NEA.

This cut has been expected ever since the congressional “supercommittee” of 2011 failed to find agreement on how to achieve $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction over 10 years, either through spending cuts, raising revenue, or by a combination of both. Since the possibility of the sequester was triggered, the White House’s Office of Management & Budget has alerted impacted federal agencies to prepare for it by withholding grant competitions, utilizing employee furloughs, reduced service and other budget cutting actions.

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Pushing Charities Off the Fiscal Cliff?

Last week, I had the privilege of leading a diverse group of advocates from across the spectrum of the charitable sector to congressional offices in support of the Charitable Giving Coalition’s “Protect Giving – D.C. Days.” You cannot escape talk of the oft-mentioned “fiscal cliff” and the looming lethal combination of major federal spending reductions […]

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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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Arts Under Assault: 3 Reasons the NEA is Necessary

The current House Appropriations Bill–unsurprisingly in this climate of “austerity” and cultural conservatism–contains some bad news for arts funding.

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Action Alert: Artists and Art Lovers, write your Congressmen about this important vote on funding for the NEA & NEH

Last week, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee passed the Interior Appropriations bill, which proposes to fund the both the NEH and the NEA at $135 million each for FY 2012. This represents a 40 million dollar cut and, if enacted, would be the deepest cut to both agencies in 16 years. Now, this legislation heads to the next step in the funding process, the House floor, where it could face amendments to increase the cut even further. Please take two minutes to send a message to your member of Congress and tell them to reject further attempts to reduce NEH and NEA funding.

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South Carolina Governor Vetoes Arts Funding

Editors Note: Click here for an update on this story. In response to South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s decision to veto funding for the South Carolina Arts Commission, Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts, issued the following statement: “In vetoing funding for the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC), Gov. Nikki […]

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Ashland Gallery Association Comes to Aid of AHS Visual Arts Departments

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In response to a need for student art supplies at Ashland High School, the Ashland Gallery Association stepped up their annual donation this year to support the increasing needs for materials not covered in the school budget.

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A New Chapter for the Arts in Kansas

On Saturday, May 28, 2011, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback used his power to line item veto funding for the Kansas Arts Commission. This action makes Kansas unique in the nation as now being the only state without a fully funded and functional arts agency. The action came after months of heated debate between a conservative […]

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