House Defeats Further NEA Funding Cuts! Important to Thank Supportive House Members

Aug 1, 2011

Your advocacy made a difference! 55 Republicans voted alongside Democrats in the House of Representatives to save the NEA from further budget cuts. Find out how your representative voted with this House Voting Record from the League of American Orchestras. Get information about the vote on the Performing Arts Alliance website, including an easy way to thank those representatives who were supportive of the arts by voting NO on the Walberg amendment.

NEA Faces Possibility of Deepest Cut in 16 Years

From Americans for the Arts:   

This budget proposal is disappointing, represents a disproportionate cut, and appears counter-productive to the stated objectives of growing American jobs.

From the Performing Arts Alliance:

July 7, Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee voted to cut National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) funding by $20 million for FY12 from the current funding level of $155 million. The NEA already suffered a $12.5 million decrease last year and today's proposal more than doubles the $9 million reduction recommended by President Obama in FY12. The Subcommittee's nearly 13% cut is also disproportionate to the 7% cut to the overall spending levels in the entire Interior bill.

The full House Appropriations Committee is expected to vote on the FY12 Interior Appropriations bill next week. In advance, it is extremely important that members of the Appropriations Committee hear from constituents across the country supporting funding for the NEA.

If your Representative serves on the House Appropriations Committee (see chart below), it is particularly critical that you ACT TODAY and ask your Representative to protect funding for the NEA.

Even if your Representative is not on the committee, please consider sending a letter of support for the NEA. 

Throughout this summer, and into the fall, Congress will continue the budget process and every vote will count. Be sure your Representative knows the value of NEA funding for your community!

Take Action

Click here to generate a pre-addressed email to your Representative letter that you can customize and contact your legislator today! Make sure to ask your friends and family to visit the Performing Arts Alliance website to contact their members of Congress too. Every letter counts!

What's At Stake

NEA grants to organizations and state arts agencies help to maximize the economic and social contributions the arts make in communities nationwide.

The nonprofit arts industry generates $166.2 billion annually in economic activity, supports 5.7 million full-time equivalent jobs, and returns $12.6 billion to the federal government in income taxes.

The arts infrastructure of the United States is critical to the nation's cultural well-being as well as its economic vitality. It is supported by a remarkable combination of government, business, foundation, and individual donors. In a striking example of federal/state partnership, the NEA distributes 40 percent of its program dollars to state arts agencies, conditional on each state devoting its own appropriated funds. This partnership ensures that each state has a stable source of arts funding and policy. These grants, combined with state legislative appropriations and other dollars, are distributed widely to strengthen arts infrastructures and ensure broad access to the arts.

The NEA has provided strategic leadership and investment in the arts for over 40 years. Among its proudest accomplishments is the growth of arts activity in areas of the nation that were previously underserved or not served at all. Americans can now see professional productions of high quality in their own home towns, and arts organizations in every congressional district now receive direct NEA grants.

  Image by Roland Gesthuizen from Open Clip Art.

Tags: Arts Advocacy, Action, NEA

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ADVOCACY: Performing Arts Alliance
ADVOCACY: NEA / Public Funding for the Arts