On February 12th, President Trump released his FY 2019 budget request. His request unfortunately repeats many of the same, misguided ideas of his last budget proposal--ideas that were met with a resounding rejection from Congress last year.
His request includes the termination of our nation's cultural grant-making agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
The proposed budget ignores the fact that Congress soundly rejected this same attempt last year to terminate the nation's cultural agencies.
To recap, Congress is still working to finish FY 2018 funding, even while FY 2019 is underway.
- On November 20, 2017, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee fully restored the funding level for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) at $150 million each for FY 2018.
- In July, the U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of the appropriations bill that included $145 million for the NEA and NEH.
- Final FY 2018 funding is anticipated by March 23rd, the date current funding is set to expire, as part of the short-term funding patches Congress is passing while working to write final funding bills.
Now is a critical moment in the process. Ask your congressional delegation for support of the NEA at least $150 million for FY 2018, and $155 million for FY 2019.
Now more than ever is the time to tell our story and make our case again and again at the federal, state, and local levels that the arts matter. Take two minutes now to#SAVEtheNEA by joining Americans for the Arts and Arts Action Fund members in sending a unified message to Congress to restore full funding to the NEA and NEH.
Check out the video from our Artists Committee members Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kal Penn, Ben Folds, Josh Groban, and Julie Andrews, which has been viewed over 1 million times, and then take two minutes to send your message below. Thank you!