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NEA Funding Approved for 2018 by House Appropriations Committee

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Late tonight, the full House Appropriations Committee met and approved funding for the National Endowment for the Arts at $145 million for FY 2018. While we’re still gathering details of the meeting, this completes the U.S. House committee consideration and advances the proposal to a possible action on the U.S. House floor in the coming weeks.

Although we are disappointed by this proposed $5 million (cut from $150 million in FY 2017), we are encouraged that it is not the termination proposal sought by the Administration since March. This House proposal falls short of the funding requested by a record bipartisan group of 154 members of Congress of $155 million. Similar to the request made by members in the House, 40 Senators requested NEA funding of at least $150 million for FY 2018.

The accompanying U.S. House report notes the “broad bipartisan support” of NEA’s participation in the National Initiative

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STEM to STEAM : Arts in Education Returns via OR Rep Bonamici

A GIFT TO ALL US STUDENTS! Arts in Education Returns via OR Rep Bonamici, Turns STEM to STEAM!

As you may know, congressional education leaders began a series of face-to-face meetings two weeks ago to hammer out remaining differences between House and Senate bills to reform K-12 education. The committee completed their work this afternoon.

In a conference committee meeting on November 19, arts education had a breakthrough moment. U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) offered an amendment to integrate the arts into the nation’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs. Rep. Bonamici, a co-chair of the Congressional STEAM Caucus, has tried to offer similar amendments in previous legislative efforts.

Today, Rep. Bonamici’s amendment to integrate the arts into STEM and promote a well-rounded education was approved unanimously by the joint House-Senate Conference Committee!

This is of particular significance because her amendment was unanimously adopted by voice vote by the

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Steal This Blog: 5 Ramblings on Arts and the Common Core Standards

1. For those looking for the obligatory introductory substantiations for the arts in education, search Google and insert your own here: ___________. At the same time, you might want to search on research by Ellen Winner. 2. For those who need to read that the arts are a core subject, you just did. 3. For […]

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2011 Retreat ~ Friday Booking & Farewells

Delight or die; this is the new paradigm set forth by Steve Denning to adapt to the new creative economy. In a particularly fickle consumer-centric universe, the increased focus on services as opposed to goods, he says, creates a need for “continuous innovation” and what he terms “radical management.” This new economy will be David […]

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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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2011 Retreat ~ Friday Booking & Farewells

Yesterday, the Obama Administration released their fourth budget request covering all federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). We learned early that morning that President Obama is proposing an increase of $8 million (from $146M to $154M) for the NEA, which was a very positive start. In the past two years, NEA […]

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How NEA Funding Affects Local Communities

This year marks the 25th anniversary of National Arts Advocacy Day (AAD), the largest and most wide-ranging, one-day advocacy effort in support of the arts. Advocates come from across the country come to Washington, DC, to meet with their members of Congress and staff members as part of the event. While the topics range from […]

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Congress Passes $9M Cut for NEA, Reinstates Federal Arts Education Funding

On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the final budget agreement for FY 2012, which includes $146.255 million in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). On Saturday morning, the same bill passed the U.S. Senate and moves to the desk of President Obama for […]

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Public Art and Transportation Enhancements: Congressional Action Update (from Arts Watch)

As Americans are well aware, Congress is going through some significant policy discussions regarding the proper role of government and federal funding. One particular program that funds numerous arts projects nationwide is the Transportation Enhancements program (TE) funded through the U.S. Department of Transportation, and administered by state transportation agencies often in partnership with local […]

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Amendment to Further Cut NEA Fails!

The Walberg amendment to H.R. 2584, the House Interior Appropriations bill that would have cut an additional $10.6 million from the National Endowment for the Arts failed 240-181 earlier today. All 185 Democrats present voted against the amendment and 55 Republicans joined them. As stated this morning, this success is due in large part to […]

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