Take Action To Make Sure The Arts Are In The FY 2022 “Omnibus”

From Americans for the Arts:

Congressional leaders are in the final steps of negotiating an FY 2022 “Omnibus” appropriations bill that would fund the federal government, including federal cultural agencies like the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). We need you to take action.

These negotiations may also include inclusion of the bipartisan Save Our Stages (SOS) Extension Act to help provide additional support to performing arts organizations that received recovery grants through the Small Business Administration.

Please take two minutes now to contact your congressional delegation and urge them:

1) Match the House-approved funding level of $201 million for both the NEA and NEH to serve every state and every Congressional district in the country.

2) Include the SOS Extension Act in the final Omnibus bill.

This increase to the NEA’s annual budget would yield more engagement for the military community with Creative Forces therapists, increased investment for programs in high poverty communities, a commitment to significant support for racial and climate justice initiatives, and much more. Supporting the NEA directly benefits artists and communities and is even more vital now in the wake of the devastating effects of the pandemic to the cultural sector.

The SOS Extension Act would extend the project period for Shuttered Venue Operator Grantees to use their funds to pay for allowable expenditures incurred from March 1, 2020 through March 11, 2023. 

Contact your members of Congress today and make your voice heard about how vital the arts are to your state and our country!

By |2022-03-01T19:50:18-06:00March 1st, 2022|advocacy|Comments Off on Take Action To Make Sure The Arts Are In The FY 2022 “Omnibus”

House Subcommittee Votes on Cultural Agency Funding for Fiscal Year 2022

Last week, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee took significant action on their work to fund the government for fiscal year (FY) 2022. The Interior Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME), sets funding levels for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and other cultural agencies. 

The committee voted to accept the Biden Administration’s funding request of $201 million for the NEA and also included $201 million for the NEH to keep the agencies funded in tandem. This is a potential increase of $33.5 million over the FY 2021 budget for both agencies, the largest increase in their history! This is the result of tireless advocacy from around the country, an Administration that understands the value of the creative sector, and bipartisan support in Congress.

During the subcommittee vote, Rep. Pingree said, “The cultural sector has been particularly devastated by COVID-19, and this funding will help to support relief and recovery for community organizations across the country.”

Next, the bill will go before the full House of Representatives for passage. This process will take place over the next several weeks, and the full House vote is anticipated to happen prior to the planned August congressional recess. After the appropriations bills pass the House, the same process begins in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Visit Americans for the Arts Action Fund for more information on how you can help advocate for increased funding for cultural agencies.

By |2021-07-05T15:01:23-05:00July 5th, 2021|advocacy, News|Comments Off on House Subcommittee Votes on Cultural Agency Funding for Fiscal Year 2022

We’re asking for $500Million for Illinois arts and culture! Other states are going big: New York just passed a one-year budget that gives over $200 million in dedicated funds for the arts, plus $800 million in recovery grants, California legislators are championing a $1 billion package for the arts. Illinois must invest!  

The American Rescue Plan dollars coming to our state are meant to help the people and industries hardest hit by COVID. Arts venues were the first to close and are likely last to reopen. Arts education is getting cut when students need it most. We need big action from the state, with priorities for BIPOC and rural communities. Please email/call your legislators to support the Illinois Creative Future Fund! 

We were the first to close and will be the last to reopen. Ask your state legislators to dedicate $500 million to the arts! This is the last week of the legislative session, now’s the moment. 

Read the full proposal and take action here:

By |2021-05-25T11:16:39-05:00May 25th, 2021|advocacy, News|Comments Off on