Support and Protect the Valuable Work Made Possible by the NEA!

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has seen its budget steadily cut to a current level of $146 million. Due to a series of continuing resolutions and the enactment of sequestration in FY13, the NEA has been operating with reduced funding and under threat of further, disproportionate cuts. While Congress continues to seek reductions in overall spending, it is absolutely critical that your elected officials understand the public value of the investment of direct federal support for the arts! Given the ongoing economic strain on all funding sources, NEA grants that support the work of state arts agencies, arts organizations, and national research and leadership initiatives are especially meaningful. Tell your members of Congress about the specific importance and value of NEA funding in your community and ask them to support $155 million in funding for NEA in FY15!   Tell me more

Talking Points

  • Before Congress reached a budget agreement for FY14, the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee had proposed a 49% reduction for the NEA, which would have been dramatically disproportionate to the overall 19% reduction in funding to the entire Interior bill. The Subcommitee proposed another cut for FY15, but the full Appropriations committee reinstated its funding recommendation to the FY14 level of $146 million. The Senate Appropriations Committee, meanwhile, has recommended an FY15 budget of $150 million for the NEA.
  • The NEA is a critical component in the network of public, private, corporate, and philanthropic support that makes the work of America's orchestras possible. Federal funding for the arts is critical to leveraging additional sources of funding.
  • The NEA contributes to the prosperity and economic diversification of communities nationwide: a strong arts sector is an economic asset that stimulates business activity and tourism, improves lifelong learning opportunities, and sparks community vitality.
  • Currently, every congressional district receives an NEA grant, and 40% of NEA funding supports work of our nation's state arts agencies. A reduction in the agency's budget could threaten its ability to ensure this kind of grant distribution.


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