National Arts Funding


UPDATE 3/23/18:

MASSCreative is thrilled to share that on March 22, Congress passed the finalized 2018 federal funding bill and the bill was signed into law on March 23. The funding bill is particularly exciting because it includes $3 million increases to both the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). These increases will fund each agency at $152.8 million through September 30, 2018.

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) President Trump’s Proposal U.S. House Proposal U.S. Senate Committee Proposal Final FY 2018 Funding
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) *Termination $145 $150 $152.80
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) *Termination $145 $150 $152.80
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) *Termination $231 $235 $240
Corporation for Public Broadcasting *Termination $445
(plus $0 for interconnection system)
(plus $20 for interconnection system)
(plus $20 for interconnection system)
Assistance for Arts Education $0 $0 $27 $27
Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants $0 $500 $450 $1,100
Smithsonian Institution $947 $885 $878 $1,043
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts $36.70 $36.70 $36.70 $40.50
National Gallery of Art $147 $155.50 $156.50 $166
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum $54 $57 $57 $59
Save America’s Treasures $0 $4 $3 $13
Commission of Fine Arts $2.60 $2.60 $2.80 $2.80
National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs $0 $2 $2 $2.75
Educational and Cultural Exchange programs $285 $591 $634 $646
Community Development Block Grants $0 $2,900 $3,000 $3,300

(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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Share your creativity and #artsmatter story with your Member of Congress.

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