As expected, on May 23, the White House released details of the proposed Fiscal Year 2018 federal budget, including elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS), and Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). A small amount of funding is proposed for “expenses to carry out their closure.”
In addition, $27 million in assistance for arts education through the U.S. Department of Education, and $140 million in student support and academic enrichment grants (new grants authorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act) are eliminated.
While Congress supported restoring $2 million to each of the cultural agencies for the FY2017 budget in April, this FY2018 budget presents a new battle. The sequester is back, meaning automatic spending cuts, and the federal debt ceiling was reached back in March. These pressures set the scene for a heated budget debate this summer. Hearings on the cultural agencies have not yet been scheduled, but if Congress cannot reach agreement on a FY2018 budget (or Continuing Resolution) by September 30, the threat of a government shutdown becomes a real possibility.
Your continued outreach is critical.
Action Steps (as of 5/23/17)
1. Please reach out to your members of Congress and ask them to continue to support the NEA at $155 million.
Prefer to write or call? Click here for contact information for New Jersey’s Congressional Representatives. Email, letters, and phone calls are encouraged. Please use more than one form of communication.
Please note: Contact ONLY FEDERAL officials regarding the NEA. US Congress only responds to constituents who live and vote in their district.
2. Make your case:
NEA Funding to New Jersey: What’s at Stake
The NEA provided $872,100 in Partnership Agreement funds to the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
These NEA funds, in conjunction with state dollars, enabled NJSCA to award 241 grants totaling $15,784,743, as well as provide non-grant services to arts organizations, community groups, schools and artists. In New Jersey, the NEA made an additional 39 direct grants totaling $1,044,871.
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3. Use social media to spread the word to friends and colleagues:
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The arts are important. Join me and help #SavetheNEA! Find out how at http://www.artpridenj.com/nea-toolkit.
Each $1 in #NEA grant funds leverages $9 from other public & private sources, resulting in $500 million. www.artpridenj.com/nea-toolkit #SavetheNEA
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“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” -Pablo Picasso www.artpridenj.com/nea-toolkit #SavetheArts #SavetheNEA