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Save the NEA
In July, the U.S. House passed legislation that includes $145 million for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for FY2018. This House proposal is a $5 million cut from the current funding level of $150 million for FY 2017. Although we are disappointed by this...
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Save the NEA
In July, the U.S. House passed legislation that includes $145 million for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for FY2018. This House proposal is a $5 million cut from the current funding level of $150 million for FY 2017.

Although we are disappointed by this proposed cut, we are encouraged that it is not the termination proposal sought by the Administration since March. The 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.

Now is a critical moment in the process, since the U.S. Senate proposal is anticipated soon. The House and Senate will then negotiate to arrive at a final bill sometime before year-end. Current funding runs out on December 8.

Now more than ever is the time to tell our story and make our case again and again at the federal, state, and local levels that the arts matter. Take two minutes now to #SAVEtheNEA by joining Americans for the Arts and Arts Action Fund members in sending a unified message to Congress to restore full funding to the NEA and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Check out the new video from our Artists Committee members Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kal Penn, Ben Folds, Josh Groban, and Julie Andrews and then take two minutes to send your message below.


 
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Community Impact

?You cannot do arts and culture in order to have economic development. Do arts and culture for its own sake, but wait for the lovely side effects? Megan Whilden, Director of Cultural Development in Pittsfield, MA The city of Pittsfield embraced creativity, arts and culture at a time when the...