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Arts Action News March 2018

The Arts Drive Our Economy

Vol. I 2018 Quarterly Member Newsletter Congress Tax Reform Could Negatively Impact Charities In a series of fast-moving, last-minute negotiations by a handful of Republican legislators, Congress passed an extensive tax reform bill on December 19, 2017, along party-line votes. The final bill received no Democratic support.

This sweeping legislation now brings substantial changes that could impact the health of the nonprofit sector. Although some harmful provisions were successfully defeated (like proposals to tax college tuition waivers received by graduate students), the biggest concern is the indirect impact on future charitable giving that will take place. As a result of Congress doubling the standard deduction, millions of middle class households will no longer itemize their expenses on a Schedule A to their tax return. This is important because the only place you can claim tax deductions for gifts made to charity is on this itemized form. The charitable community

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Art, Jobs, Trump- Americans for the Arts Action Fund

According to The New York Times, “the White House budget office has drafted a hit list of programs that President Trump could eliminate to trim domestic spending, including longstanding conservative targets like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Legal Services Corporation, AmeriCorps and the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities.”

Because this is not an official White House position yet, you can still help us get a message to President Trump to say NO to these staff recommendations. Please sign our petition and stay involved with our advocacy campaign to protect federal support for the arts and culture.

We have a narrow window of time before the President officially releases his first budget in March/April. An important talking point that we have to work with is the federal government’s latest economic numbers on the arts and culture industry since the President has declared a focus on

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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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“I see little of more importance to the future of our country and our civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist.”

National Arts Advocacy Day is significant because it grants us an opportunity to gather as a community to reflect on the role of contemporary artists in the 21st century. No matter what the chosen art form, the passion to do art and to be art is born out of an insatiable yearning to make beauty, […]

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Alec Baldwin and Nigel Lythgoe Discuss the Arts, Arts Education in America

Just outside the Arts Advocacy Day Congressional Arts Kick-Off event on April 17 in Washington, DC, Alec Baldwin and Nigel Lythgoe (executive producer/judge on So You Think You Can Dance and executive producer of American Idol) braved the wind to talk about their greatest arts experiences, arts education, and whether or not Alec could be […]

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Hill Harper: Arts Advocacy is Something I Live Everyday

2012 Arts Advocacy Day Co-chair Hill Harper took a few minutes out of his busy schedule during the two-day summit to talk to ARTSblog about arts advocacy, his own arts education experiences, and how he fights to help future generations receive it.

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Advocacy is the New Yoga: Just Thirty Minutes a Day Can Make a World of Difference

I love yoga. It’s all the rage—even Nancy Hanks Lecturer Alec Baldwin is a fan. Yoga practice is a great fitness activity that has physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits. A thirty minute workout comprised of sun salutation, downward facing dog, and accompanied by a little “om” action provides the energy and balance needed to chug […]

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Arts Advocacy Day 2012: The Congressional Arts Kick-Off

It’s difficult to write an event recap post when you are still energized/exhausted as a staff member often can be following 48 hours of festivities surrounding Arts Advocacy Day, but I will certainly try. Following last night’s Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts & Public Policy by Alec Baldwin, the Congressional Arts Kickoff brought together our […]

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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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Honoring Nancy Hanks - Our Annual Lecture on Arts and Public Policy

Americans for the Arts is proud to announce that 2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy. The lecture itself is dedicated to an impressive and influential individual — Nancy Hanks, former president of Americans for the Arts (then known as the American Council for the Arts) and […]

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