National Arts Funding

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UPDATE 5/15/19:

"Today, the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Interior Appropriations chaired by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) officially proposed FY’20 funding increases to every federal cultural agency within their portfolio, including the National Endowment for the Arts. Additionally last week the U.S. House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Education Chairman Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) also proposed FY’20 funding increases to the other federal cultural agencies and arts educations programs within their portfolio, including the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Of note, the majority of these funding increases were set at the exact level proposed by arts advocates and the Congressional Arts Caucus on Arts Advocacy Day, March 5, 2019." -Americans for the Arts

Here is a complete list of Arts, Culture, and Humanities funding included in the 2018 federal funding bill:

Key Federally Funded Arts Program/Agency (in $ millions)

Final FY 2019 Funding

President Trump’s FY 2020 Proposal

U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee   Proposal

U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee   Proposal Final FY 2020 Funding
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) $155 *Termination $167.5    
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) $155 *Termination $167.5    
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) $242 *Termination $257    
Corporation for Public Broadcasting $445 *Termination $495     
Assistance for Arts Education $29 $0 $35    
Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants $1,170 $0 $1,320    
Smithsonian Institution $1,043 $978 $1,070    
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts $41.3 $40 $43.5    
National Gallery of Art $168.4 $154 $181.6    
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum $59 $57 $61    
Save America’s Treasures $13 $0 $16    
Commission of Fine Arts $2.8 $3 $3.28    
National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs $2.75 $0 $5    

(Credit: Americans for the Arts)

Just like he did last year, President Donald Trump’s FY19 budget proposes to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Shutting down these arts and humanities agencies isn’t about balancing the budget or cutting excess spending. These cuts are a direct attack on our values and all that arts, culture, and the humanities bring to building healthy, vibrant, and equitable communities across the country.

Sign our petition to call on our Massachusetts Congressional delegation to save the NEA and the NEH.

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