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NEA Funding Increase Heads to the Floor

NEA Funding Increase Heads to the Floor

Dear Arts Advocate,

In a return to “regular order,” this week the U.S. House is scheduled to vote on the bill that funds the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)!

Floor votes on these appropriations bills have been rarer in recent years, and even more so in the U.S. Senate. However, quick action by both the House and Senate is expected these next two weeks!

A potential amendment to cut funding for the NEA and NEH.

This week, 170 amendments were filed to the House Interior bill, including two amendments that would impact the NEA. We are tracking these funding amendments and will keep you posted if they will be up for a vote. The House Rules Committee is meeting tonight to make those determinations.

Currently, the Interior bill would increase funding for both Endowments by $2 million, bringing their budgets to $155 million. This precisely matches the ask

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BREAKING NEWS: NEA Receives Funding Increase!

We have breaking news out of Washington, D.C. today. Congress has released their final funding plan for FY 2018, and it is great news!

Congress is proposing to fund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) each at $152.8 million. This is a funding increase of $3 million to support more direct grants and expand access to creative arts therapies for the military.

This final budget is in stark contrast to a year ago, when the Endowments were facing a proposed termination by the President — the first ever! Since then, our #SAVEtheNEAcampaign has together resulted in hundreds of thousands of calls, emails, local op-eds, expanded research, newspaper ads, and office visits.

Your advocacy, your persistence, and your time has made a difference. Congress has now decided to invest more funding into the arts.

This support from members of Congress in

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Art of Engagement Call for Entries- deadline June 12, 2017

Art of Engagement Call for Entries

CALL FOR ENTRIES

Touchstone Gallery in Washington DC is seeking entries for “ART OF ENGAGEMENT,” a National Juried Show scheduled for August 4 – 24, 2017. Artwork entries should reflect present-day issues and concerns. Be part of a national conversation about important issues using the universal language of art. Be bold, stand up, and speak out! Be an artist and an activist. Juror: Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator, American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center. Open to all artists living and/or working in the United States, 18-years-old and older. All original visual media that is the artist’s own concept, design and work. Entry fees: $50 for up to 3 entries/images; artists may submit up to 3 additional entries/images at a cost of $10 per additional entry. Please visit www.touchstonegallery.com/call to apply. AWARDS 1st Prize: $750, 2nd Prize: $500, 3rd Prize: $250. Deadline to apply: June 12, 2017. Touchstone Gallery is

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Art Works Podcast: Capital Bop

July 19, 2012 By Josephine Reed A DC Jazz Loft performance. Photo by Kyoko Takenaka, used courtesy of Capital Bop In this week’s podcast, we go behind-the-scenes with Capital Bop. Writer Gio Russonello and musician Luke Stewart were used to seeing each another at one or another of Washington, DC’s many jazz clubs. The problem […]

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Inside the NEA: Getting to Know Ayanna Hudson

July 9, 2012 By Rebecca Gross Ayanna Hudson. Photo by Gregory Gilmer After 23 years of living in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Boston, DC native Ayanna Hudson is finally returning to her hometown. Hudson begins today as the NEA’s new director of arts education, bringing with her a successful track record of integrating the arts […]

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