This site is meant to provide relevant information to congressional staff who are working on arts and arts education issues - it is updated regularly with comprehensive and timely information, ranging from arts-related legislation to economic data and Arts Caucus events and activities.The tools on this page will provide you with legislative news, research information on your district or state, and facts and figures about the arts. We encourage you to bookmark this site!

Over the years, Americans for the Arts has worked with House and Senate arts champions on “Dear Colleague” letters, encouraging their peers to support the arts and arts education. Here are a few examples from 2018:

  • Dear Colleague from Arts Caucus co-Chairs Reps. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Leonard Lance (R-NJ) supporting funding for the National Endowment for the Arts "at least" at $155 million in FY 2019 appropriations.
  • Dear Colleague from Cultural Caucus co-Chair Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) supporting both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities at a funding level of "no less than" $155 million in FY 2019 appropriations.
  • Dear Colleague from Humanities Caucus co-Chairs Reps. David Price (D-NC) and Leonard Lance (R-NJ) supporting funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities "at least" at $155 million in FY 2019 appropriations.

View the archive of "Dear Colleague" letters dating back to 2004.

  • Every congressional district benefits from National Endowment for the Arts grants. Download grant lists here.
  • Consult the 2015 Creative Industries report for your district. Data about arts businesses and arts jobs for all 435 U.S. Congressional Districts, the 50 states and the District of Columbia, the 7,400 state legislative districts and all 3,143 U.S. counties are available for download on the Americans for the Arts’ here.
  • In 2003, Americans for the Arts formally established a network of State Arts Advocacy Captains in 50 states across the country. The Captains are designated as the official advocacy liaisons to Americans for the Arts in order to advance federal arts legislation at the national level for their state. They also lead their state’s delegation of arts advocates each year at Arts Advocacy Day.
  • Americans for the Arts features webpages tailored to every state under our location tab, available here.
  • View the Local and Regional Findings for the Arts & Economic Prosperity Report 5 here.

Our Congressional Arts Handbook is quite simply the definitive resource for all legislative arts information. It is compiled annually to support the work of participants at Arts Advocacy Day, an advocacy event organized by Americans for the Arts and cosponsored by more than 85 national organizations representing thousands of arts, culture, business, civic, and education organizations and individuals nationwide. Within it, you will find a plethora of resources including facts, figures, related legislation, research, talking points, and more to help inform you on the major policy issues we are working to positively impact.