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Fall Update from Americans for the Arts

This update contains important information for many of us in the arts world, including a message form President and CEO Robert Lynch, reports on various programs and funding for arts in education, information about arts-friendly legislation and politicians / political candidates, and of course National Arts in Education Week, September 13–19, 2015!

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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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Giving Voice to the Arts - eNews Update from Americans for the Arts

Giving Voice to the Arts - Americans for the Arts

In this issue: ArtsVote2012 Programs Featured at the Political Conventions Sport Your Action Fund Wares Research from Americans for the Arts Shaping Federal Arts Policy Supporting Arts Advocacy in States and Cities PAC Update Message from the President – Elections are not just about the candidates you vote for, but the policies they support and the impact they will have on the arts in your community.

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What’s the Gov’t saying about Arts in Schools?

The Dept. of Education released a report on Monday with valuable information about how the arts are being offered in our public schools. Read more here:

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