Nov 27, 2013

Representatives Frankel (D-FL), Lynch (D-MA), O’Rourke (D-TX), and Titus (D-NV) have all recently joined the Congressional Arts Caucus, which is currently co-chaired by Reps. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Leonard Lance (R-NJ). The caucus now has 163 members.

Sep 30, 2013

President Obama issues a White House Proclamation declaring October National Arts and Humanities Month.

Sep 09, 2013

Congress returns from its August recess this week to a busy legislative agenda. The U.S. House is scheduled to be in session only nine days this month, and have a packed agenda with decisions looming over the outstanding funding legislation and potential default on the national debt. To allow for more time, they are expected to pass a short term funding measure called a Continuing Resolution to keep the government operational by maintaining current funding levels.

Aug 26, 2013

As a part of the College, Career, and Citizenship Readiness Coalition, Americans for the Arts has signed onto a letter to Senators Harkin (D-IA) and Alexander (R-TN) in support of the language in the Strengthening America’s Schools Act (S.1094), which supports a well-rounded education.

Aug 12, 2013

The Senate Appropriations committee has released its draft version of the FY 2014 spending bill which would fund the NEA and NEH at the president’s request level of $154 million for each agency. This is a major departure from the House version, which seeks a 49 percent cut to the cultural agencies.

Jul 31, 2013

U.S. House Appropriations Committee began consideration of the FY 2014 Interior funding bill, which includes a proposed 49% cut in funding to the National Endowment for the Arts.  An amendment to restore the funding to the NEA was defeated along a party-line vote of 19-27, and the committee recesses for August before finishing their work on the bill.

Jul 23, 2013

The U.S. House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee approves its initial FY 2014 funding legislation, which includes a proposed cut of $71 million to the National Endowment for the Arts bringing the funding level down to $75 million.

Jul 11, 2013

As a part of the Charitable Giving Coalition, Americans for the Arts signed a letter urging Chairman Baucus (D-MT) and Ranking Member Hatch (R-UT) to preserve the charitable tax deduction...

Jul 08, 2013

Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) has reintroduced the Artist-Museum Partnership Act (H.R. 2482) for the 113th Congress. This legislation would allow creators of original works to deduct the fair-market value of self-created works given to and retained by a nonprofit institution.

Jul 01, 2013

The U.S. Senate approved a bipartisan amendment to the comprehensive immigration bill, which included a provision sponsored by Senators Pat Leahy (D-VT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) known as the Arts Require Timely Service (“ARTS”) Act.