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Call to Action: Proposed Funding Cuts for Oregon Arts & Culture

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We are reaching out today to urgently ask you to advocate for Oregon’s cultural sector.

Next week on Monday, August 10th a special session has been called to rebalance the state’s budget due to the impacts of COVID-19. The session will include proposed General Fund cuts to the arts of over $300,000, and specific cuts to the Cultural Resource Economic Fund (CREF)/lottery funded capital projects over $300,000. These projects include several significant historic and present-day community treasures that have relied on state commitments and that enrich our state for the future.

We need our advocates and members to urge Oregon’s legislature to reject these proposed cuts before Monday, August 10th. Please TAKE ACTION today by emailing the Oregon legislature. The form on our website will send your message to the legislators within your district based on your address.

Oregon’s arts, culture, heritage and humanities are critical to our recovery

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2021 NEA Budget Increase Proposed

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July 7, 2020

Earlier today, the U.S House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee strongly rejected President Trump’s fourth consecutive annual budget request to eliminate both the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) by instead appropriating $170 million in funding for each for fiscal year FY 2021! This represents an increase for both agencies of $7.75 million each over the current FY 2020 funding level of $162.25 million and it is the same amount that we recommended to Congress.

Americans for the Arts and Arts Action Fund President and CEO Robert Lynch and ArtsVote 2020 Chair and Arts Action Fund Board Member Ben Folds testify before the U.S. House Interior Subcommittee on February 6, 2020.

As you will recall, Americans for the Arts and Arts Action Fund president and CEO Robert Lynch and our ArtsVote 2020 Chairman and musician Ben Folds testified in support

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President's FY21 Budget Calls for Termination of Cultural Agencies Again

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For a fourth-straight year, the Trump administration has proposed to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the Corporation of Public Broadcasting (CPB).

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Take Action Now- Take two minutes to contact your Senator

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Dear Arts Advocate,

June is a packed month of arts action!

This week, the U.S. Senate is taking its turn following the exciting House action last week in approving a $2 million funding increase each for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

You are receiving this email because your U.S. Senator serves on this powerful Senate Appropriations Committee and will be considering funding for the two Endowments this week! Take two minutes to contact your Senator again today, even if you’ve been in touch in the past on the FY 2019 request. Send a customizable message in support of a minimum of $155 million for the NEA and NEH.

This quick action follows some key constituent meetings in Washington, DC, last week, with members serving on this committee. We need your help to continue to press upon your U.S. Senators

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Art Advocacy Day 2017 Roundup from Americans for the Arts

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This was a record-breaking year for our 30th annual Arts Advocacy Day. Over 700 advocates (new record), including 88 National Partners, came to Washington, DC from all over the country to speak out for the arts on March 20-21.

Here are some further highlights on Arts Advocacy Day and further congressional news.

Arts Advocacy Day 2017 Highlights:

Arts Advocacy Day attendees had over 400 face-to-face meetings with Congressional leaders and their staff on Capitol Hill.

Ben Vereen, Brian Stokes Mitchell, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and Gabrielle Ruiz at the Congressional Arts Kick Off

One of the key items we ask of Members of Congress is to sign the annual letter in support of federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. Because of advocates like you, the U.S. House of Representatives letter led by the Congressional Arts Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and Louise

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March news From Oregon Arts Commission

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March 2017 News From Oregon Arts Commission:

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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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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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Legislature adjourns with support for Oregon Cultural Trust

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1,364 advocacy messages were sent this session to the governor and legislators. Key legislators received their constituent messages at the moment that decisions were being made in the committee process. Grassroots advocacy matters! Legislators voted to support arts and culture in Oregon with more funding for the Oregon Cultural Trust, the Oregon Arts Commission, the Oregon Historical Society and other cultural institutions. Now it’s time to say: Thank You!

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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.

Because

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