Thank you to all the Virginia arts advocates who came to support Americans for the Arts' National Arts Advocacy Day in March. Together, with more than 500 attendees from accross the U.S. arts advocates attended meetings with their federal representatives.
One of the messages shared was information about the impact that federal NEA grants make in local communities, and advocates requested that their representatives sign these annual funding support letters. Congressional Arts Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Leonard Lance (R-NJ) led the House letter, which requested $155 million for the NEA in FY 2017, matching the request of the nonprofit arts community. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) also led a letter in the Senate in support of "no less than" the President’s request for both the NEA and the National Endowment for the Humanities, garnering nearly one-third of the Senate’s signature. With these letters in hand, appropriators are now drafting legislation for possible consideration later this spring.
For more information on the federal appropriations process and FY17 NEA funding status, contact Director of Federal Affairs Kate McClanahan at Americans for the Arts.
Read more on their website at http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/a4amwire/issues/2016-04-22.html#letters.