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Save the NEA
Updated September 1: As Congress returns to session this month, unfinished work on federal funding will be front and center, including work on funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). In July, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved a bill that...
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Save the NEA
Updated September 1: As Congress returns to session this month, unfinished work on federal funding will be front and center, including work on funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

In July, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved a bill that calls for the NEA to be funded at $145 million in FY 2018 - a $5 million cut from the current funding level


Although we are disappointed by this proposed cut, we are encouraged that it is not the termination proposal sought by the Administration since March. This House committee 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. The House committee action is the start of legislative negotiations on these funding priorities. Still to come is a proposal from the U.S. Senate.

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. This process is likely to extend all the way through late Fall of 2017 before anything is finalized.
 
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Join us in celebrating National Arts In Education Week from September 10-16, 2017. This is a specially designated page to allow you to send Letters to the Editor to your local newspapers. Designated by Congress in 2010, House Resolution 275 names the week beginning...
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Simply enter your zip code in one of the designated boxes and then customize your invitation using the template we have provided as well as your own language specifying date, time, location and other logistics.  
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Urge Congress to Cosponsor the CREATE Act
On Arts Advocacy Day, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) announced new legislation to strengthen the creative economy to a crowd of over 500 arts advocates. Entitled Comprehensive Resources for Entrepreneurs in the Arts to Transform the Economy (CREATE) Act (S.2648), the...
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On April 26, the Trump Administration outlined broad principles for tax reform, joining ongoing efforts in Congress to update the tax code. Americans for the Arts has long weighed in on tax reform and tax fairness for artists. Comprehensive reform hasn't happened since...
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We are pleased to offer you a customizable "Letter to the Editor" to send to your local media. Simply enter your zip code in one of the designated boxes, select the media outlets to which you'd like to send your piece, then customize your letter using the talking points we...
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