National Endowment for the Arts Funding Reduction Proposed

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 9:05am

Arts Action Fund logoAccording to a bulletin from Americans for the Arts Action Fund, the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Interior Subcommittee included a reduction of $14 million to the National Endowment for the Arts budget in their FY 2013 funding legislation.

The proposed cut runs counter to a request from President Obama to increase the NEA’s budget by $8 million, a move that would help restore pre-recession funding levels for the agency.

The National Endowment for the Arts directly funds forty percent of its appropriations to state and local arts agencies throughout the nation.  Under Obama’s recommendation,  $61.2 million would be infused into local and regional economies through standard grants and contracts designed to reach audiences in every Congressional district in the country. 

Funding for the National Endowment for the Arts is often called into question by legislators during the arduous budget process.  It is only through the direct action of grassroots advocates across the United States that the NEA continues to be a priority.  Recently, Americans for the Arts released its updated Arts and Economic Prosperity IV report, which demonstrates the direct local economic impact arts organizations (and, by extension, the National Endowment for the Arts) have on rebuilding the American economy.  Public funding for the arts directly contributs to $135.2 billion in economic activity and supports 4.13 milltion full-time equivalent jobs each year.

To take action and voice your support of President Obama’s recommended funding increase, visit the Americans for the Arts website: http://www.artsusa.org/get_involved/advocate.asp.