National Arts & Arts Education Budgets Facing Uphill Battle in Congress

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 9:14am

 chartThe President recently released the FY 2015 budget request to Congress, which includes funding for the nation’s cultural agencies and programs. 

Some important items included in the budget: 


  • Funding for the National Endowment for the Arts is proposed only at level funding, below the President’s request last year
  • Although education investment is featured predominately in the request—including also the space where the President is delivering remarks about the FY 2015 budget (Powell Elementary School in Washington, DC)—the Department of Education again proposes to zero out/consolidate the Arts In Education program. 


The President's request is traditionally just the first step in the legislative budgeting process. Next, the US House of Representatives and US Senate offer their proposals that will reflect their own particular priorities. Appropriations subcommittee work is already underway with several upcoming hearings scheduled.

Americans for the Arts asks advocates to remain vigilant in the months ahead as Congress works to pass spending bills. Last year, the House Appropriations Interior subcommittee proposed cutting NEA funding nearly in half! Thanks to your messages to Congress, the nation's signature cultural agency was spared such drastic cuts after an outpouring of support that helped enable Senate appropriators to drive the final result. We hope to count on your advocacy again this year.  Drill down into these isses on the Americans for the Arts website.