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Americans for the Arts has released the fall update to our federal legislative priorities. This one-page update and advocacy tool includes a new section on Arts & Health featuring the Dignity in Aging Act.
Californians for the Arts' action center has more information on the arts advocacy efforts on this bill, and the Teaching Artist Guild offers an in-depth analysis on the bill's impact on teaching artists.
Americans for the Arts has been pursuing more federal legislative priorities this year than ever before. To help track the various federal legislative priorities we have released a one-page update and advocacy tool.
On June 25, Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC) introduced the Saving Transit Art Resources (STAR) Act (H.R. 3437), which would reinstate flexibility and allow local transit authorities to incorporate art into federally-funded transit projects and facilities. Rep. Adams is uniquely situated to introduce a bill supporting local art in transit projects as a practicing artist and art history professor.
After two years of hearings and legislative advocacy, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed the Texas Commission on the Arts 2020-21 budget into law on June 15. The budget adds $250,000 for Exceptional Item #3—Arts Healing Grants for Active Service Members and Veterans to be administered under the state Arts Respond program.
The U.S House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee strongly rejected President Trump's budget request to eliminate both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities by appropriating $167.5 million in funding for FY 2020, an increase for both agencies of $12.5 million.
Following the record-breaking U.S. House of Representatives “Dear Colleague” letter a few weeks ago, a similar letter also circulated in the U.S. Senate led by Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) calling for support of $167.5 million for both the NEA and the NEH for FY 2020 appropriations. Nearly half of the U.S. Senate—44 Senators—signed on to this important letter.
A new record number of U.S. Representatives have signed the annual “Dear Colleague” letter in support of federal arts funding, led by the bipartisan Congressional Arts Caucus co-chairs, Reps. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY). This year, the letter asked for “at least” $167.5 million for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for FY 2020, and 184 U.S. Representatives signed the letter.
Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch and Marine veteran Chris Stowe testified today before the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, urging the committee to increase funding for the National Endowment for the Arts to no less than $167.5 million for FY 2020.
Just about 4.5 months late, Congress and the White House finally approved a package of spending bills for fiscal year 2019, including funds for the National Endowment for the Arts.