On the Federal Level

The Americans for the Arts’ Arts Action Fund prioritizes those key issues impacting the arts on a federal level. It also maintains voting records and e-advocacy avenues.

July 18, 2017: Update on the FY18 Federal Budget 

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee has approved a bill that calls for the National Endowment for the Arts to be funded at $145 million in FY18 – a $5 million cut from the current funding level.

This House subcommittee proposal falls short of the funding requested by a record bipartisan group of 154 members of Congress of $155 million. Similar to the request made by members in the House, 40 Senators requested NEA funding of at least $150 million for FY18. The House committee action is the start of legislative negotiations on these funding priorities.

This is just the first step. There will be more points along the way as the proposal moves through the House and into the Senate — a process likely to extend all the way through late Fall of 2017 before anything is finalized.

Thank you for your support of the arts and for being an arts advocate. Now more than ever is the time to tell our story and make our case again and again at the federal, state and local level that the arts matter! Visit our Action Center to contact your representatives.

March 16, 2017: View a statement from ASC President Robert Bush regarding proposed elimination of funding for the NEA.