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US Government Releases Proposed Budget for FY 2019

NEAYesterday, the Trump Administration released their proposed budget for FY 2019.

From Americans for the Arts:

The Trump Administration’s proposed FY 2019 budget calls for 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 (CPB).

If you value any of the above government programs, you can take action here.

The link allows you to contact your U.S. Representatives and U.S. Senators and ask them to protect the programs you value. You can use the language provided or tell your own story.

Short on time? You can tweet at your U.S. Representatives and U.S. Senators too! Your voice can make a difference. Congress will now officially begin hearings on this request, so your message to your elected officials is timely.

If it seems like all this happened before, well, it kinda has. Again from the Americans for the Arts website:

  • 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.

To read the full budget proposal, click here.

If you value government funding of the arts, please reach out to your government representatives, and let them know.