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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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Art Matters! to Communities…

Hannah West, founding editor of Art Matters!, recently wrote an article based on recent research into the positive impact of the arts on our state, local and national economies, the economic benefit from and demand for cultural tourism, and the power of the arts in education. Her piece now appears in the February issue of the Jacksonville Review; we’ll republish it here after their circulation has had a chance to see it in the paper.

Meanwhile, if you find yourself in Jacksonville this month, pick up a copy of the Review at any news stand in town. We’re looking forward to seeing if they also post it at their own website, http://jacksonvillereview.com and, now that the paper is on the street but the website hasn’t yet been updated, we are confident that they will. Once it appears we hope you will contribute your own thoughts in the comments. We’ll

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Coming to (Arts + Cultural) America

August 21, 2012 By Robert L. Lynch, President & CEO of Americans for the Arts Robert L. Lynch. Photo courtesy of Americans for the Arts It’s August in America: vacation time for many. Visitors from every part of the world are here, and once they get through customs, check into a hotel, and find something […]

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Dallas: Field Testing the Economic Impact of the Arts

Preparing for a briefing to our (Dallas) City Council’s Art, Culture, & Libraries Committee on the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study, I thought about doing a bit of random testing on the research findings. I just wanted a few talking points, really, to localize the fantastic data collected, analyzed, and interpreted by the dynamic […]

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Public Art Creates an Elevated Mood

I went to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) last week to see Levitated Mass. I love Michael Heizer’s work and travel miles to see it. His commissioned projects in Seattle and Reno are my places of cultural tourism. I saw Double Negative in decay in 1980 and City Complex in its early […]

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Federal Departments Announce New Tourism Strategy

On May 10, U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson and the U.S. Secretary for the Interior Ken Salazar released the U.S. National Travel & Tourism Strategy as developed through the Task Force on Travel & Competitiveness. The task force had been set up through a Presidential Executive Order in January that called for a strategy […]

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When Working Together is as Important as the Work (from The pARTnership Movement)

Where we live is important to each of us. It is a key part of our identity. It’s a source of pride, even if our hometown is the punch line to a joke. Is it really the good schools, parks, and access to shopping centers that make us live where we live? Many people find […]

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My Cultural Tourism Adventure – Part Two

After our amazing visit to Cooperstown, my family headed farther upstate to Auburn, NY. (We also stopped in Elmira to see where Mark Twain wrote most of his books.) When we arrived in Auburn, we headed for the Seward House. The Seward house was the home of William Seward who was Governor of New York, […]

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My Cultural Tourism Adventure – Part One

Well it’s the end of August and I have just returned from a very American vacation where I traveled throughout upstate New York. The trip was mainly designed around visiting one main attraction — an iconic American museum. None like it anywhere else in the world and attracts thousands of visitors every day! Have you […]

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Los Angeles Embodies Spirit of ‘Our Town’

The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is pleased to announce that we have received an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), one of only 51 grants awarded nationwide. DCA will receive a $250,000 award, the largest grant amount available, to support the design of the Watts […]

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