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In February, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released their Massachusetts 'Every Student Succeeds Act' (ESSA) State Plan on what determines a successful school in the Commonwealth.   Access and participation in arts education for grades...
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5/23 Update: Today, President Trump released the full details of his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018, beginning on October 1, 2017. The initial outlining documents were first released back in March. Today's detailed reports continue the same misguided termination...
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Save the NEA
5/23 Update: Today, President Trump released the full details of his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018, beginning on October 1, 2017.

The initial outlining documents were first released back in March. Today's detailed reports continue the same misguided termination ideas of our nation's cultural grant-making institutions, including proposed termination of the NEA, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the Assistance for Arts Education program, among others.

All together, the Trump proposal would cut nondefense discretionary spending every year for 10 years. It also proposes to reduce the size of the federal workforce and reorganize agencies. The release now officially starts the hearing process in Congress. For the latest information, be sure to visit our Mobilization Center!
The Trump Administration has now put out two proposals to cut the National Endowment for the Arts. For the current fiscal year, the Trump Administration would like Congress to immediately cut $15 million from the NEA and NEH apiece. For next year, FY2018, the Administration would like to fully terminate the two cultural agencies.

Take 2 minutes now to contact your members of Congress and join the #SAVEtheNEA campaign.

What Does This Mean?
As previous reported, advisors to the President were recommending this elimination, and conservative groups like the Heritage Foundation have been attempting to end the NEA for decades, not to mention calls for its termination in budget resolutions passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in years' prior.

Is There Any Good News?
The FY2018 proposal is a blueprint and will be considered by Congress, but like all proposals, Congress will be considering their own budget priorities-and likely without much regard to the administration's request.
In fact, President Trump himself encouraged Congress to make some funding decisions independent of the executive branch. He stated as much last year in response to questions about arts funding. He said, "The Congress, as representatives of the people, make the determination as to what the spending priorities ought to be." And, members of Congress are already speaking out against the Trump budget, including some Republicans, who are calling the proposal "dead on arrival."
But make no mistake, we are taking the Trump proposal seriously and are calling on you now to contact your representatives in Congress. Let them know that eliminating the NEA would be a devastating blow to the arts in America. For more than 50 years, the NEA has expanded access to the arts for all Americans, awarding grants in every Congressional district throughout all 50 states and U.S. Territories as well as placing arts therapists in 12 military hospitals to help returning soldiers heal from traumatic brain injuries. The NEA is also an economic powerhouse, generating more than $600 million annually in additional matching funds and helping to shape a $730 billion arts and culture industry that represents 4.2% of the nation's GDP and supports 4.8 million jobs.

Take 2 minutes now and join the #SAVEtheNEA campaign. Also, visit our Arts Mobilization Center at any time for all the latest resources and response.
Thank you for your support of the arts and for being an arts advocate. Now more than ever is the time to tell our story and make our case again and again at the federal, state and local level that the arts matter! Again, this is just the first step. There will be many more points along the way as the proposal moves through Congress-likely all the way until the Fall of 2017 before anything is finalized.

We will be calling on you at key moments to keep weighing in and making your voice heard.

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