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June 21, 2012 / ivytechartspartner

ARTS ACTION ALERT! Take Action Now!

One June 20, the U.S House of Representatives Appropriations Interior Subcommittee passed its initial FY 2013 funding legislation and proposed a cut of $14 million to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This budget proposal is disappointing. The arts community recognizes the challenges elected leaders face in prioritizing federal resources, but funding for the NEA has already been cut by more than $20 million over the past two years, and this additional reduction is counterintuitive to the national call to help grow jobs and fuel the country’s recovery. Americans for the Arts recently released the Arts and Economic Prosperity IV economic impact report, which provides overwhelming proof that the nonprofit arts industry generates $135.2 billion in economic activity every year and supports 4.13 million FTE jobs annually.

Please take two minutes to send a customizable message to your members of Congress to restore full NEA funding.

Earlier this year, President Obama proposed an increase of $8 million over the current NEA appropriation of $146.3 million to $154.3 million for FY 2013 in contrast with the House Subcommittee mark of $132 million. As the House proposal advances, it is the hope that you will not only call on your U.S. Representative to reject the funding cuts, but also help us build support for the president’s higher level request by contacting your U.S. Senator. A comparison breakdown of the appropriations status follows:
Final FY 2012 Enacted 
National Endowment for the Arts                           $146.3 million
National Endowment for the Humanities            $146.3 million

FY 2013 President’s Request
National Endowment for the Arts                          $154.3 million
National Endowment for the Humanities           $154.3 million

FY 2013 President’s Request Proposal
National Endowment for the Arts                        $132 million
National Endowment for the Humanities         $132 million
This is just the first step in the process. In the coming weeks, it is expected that the larger House Appropriations Committee will consider this legislation followed by the full House of Representatives. Last year, a floor amendment to further weaken the NEA was successfully defeated because of the actions of thousands of grassroots advocates like you. A message from you now registering your concerns with your member of Congress would be well-timed to arrive prior to these next steps in the appropriations process.

Thank you for your support of the arts! Please help us continue this important work by becoming an official member of the Arts Action Fund. If you are not already a member, you can play your part by joining the Arts Action Fund today — it’s free and easy to join.

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