Bipartisan Spending Bill Preserves Funding for the Arts

Bipartisan Spending Bill Preserves Funding for the Arts

Grassroots arts advocacy efforts helped preserve in the hammered out by congressional leaders over the weekend, the reports.

The bipartisan agreement on funding for the fiscal year ending September 30 includes no cuts to the nation's arts and cultural agencies and programs and even boosts funding for a number of them. If the bill is enacted, the and the , which the Trump administration's 2018 budget "blueprint" proposes to eliminate, will receive their original budget requests of nearly $150 million, an increase of $2 million over their FY 2016 budgets. Similarly, the will receive $863 million, up from $840 million; the will receive $57 million, up from $54 million; and the will receive $2.76 million, up from $2.65 million. And the will receive $155.5 million, less than the $158.4 million requested, but still up from the $147.5 million it was allocated last year.

The Arts Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization affiliated with , credits the thousands of letters, emails, phone calls, personal visits, and op-eds by its members, as well as news articles, targeted advertising, and its own research efforts. House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee chair Ken Calvert (R-CA), Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee chair Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Congressional Arts Caucus co-chairs Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Leonard Lance (R-NJ), and Senate Cultural Caucus co-chairs Tom Udall (D-NM) and Susan Collins (R-ME) also were instrumental in preserving and, in some cases, increasing funding for cultural agencies in the agreement. The omnibus bill will be voted on and sent to the president to sign by May 5.

"." Americans for the Arts Action Fund Press Release 05/01/2017.