FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2017
Contact: Johanna Tschebull
Two months after President Trump released a “skinny” budget that proposed elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), along with 19 other federal agencies, the administration today released a full budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 that includes only $29 million for the NEA, which would go toward “necessary expenses to carry out the closure of the National Endowment for the Arts.” This sparse funding would pay for salaries and expenses related to the administration of FY2017 grants.
Since the administration first announced its proposal to eliminate the cultural agencies, the NEA and NEH have received strong bipartisan support. A U.S. House of Representatives "Dear Colleague" letter, authored by the Congressional Arts co-chairs, Representatives Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Leonard Lance (R-NJ), urged lawmakers to fund the NEA and NEH at $155 million each for FY2018. The letter received 154 signatures, including 10 signatures from Republican lawmakers.
As a reminder, despite the administration’s recommendation to cut the NEA’s budget by $15 million for the current fiscal year, Congress approved a $2 million increase for the agency for FY2017.
The president’s budget for FY2018 also proposes:
Now that the president’s full budget has been released, the House of Representatives and Senate will move toward releasing their budget resolutions. The NEA released a helpful infographic detailing the long budget process.
Continued advocacy is key!
Write your lawmakers today and Urge Congress to continue bipartisan support and fund the NEA at $155 million for FY18.
Dance/USA continues to advocate for the field, meeting with Congressional offices and working with national arts organization partners. Find additional talking points about the value of the NEA, as well as other key legislative issues, by visiting Dance/USA's advocacy page.