FY12 National Endowment for the Arts Funding Reduction
Following the dissolution of the “super committee” in late December, Congress struck a budget deal for FY12 that resulted in a 5.8% decrease in the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) appropriation. Grants through the NEA are widely distributed to strengthen arts infrastructures and ensure broad access to the arts. In addition, the NEA distributes 40 percent of its program dollars to state arts agencies, on the condition that each state devotes its own appropriated funds as well. In partnership with the NEA, state arts agencies awarded 23,000 grants to 17,500 organizations, schools, and artists in nearly 5,000 communities across the United States.
Tell your Senators and Representative to support a funding increase for the NEA in FY13 to help support our nation’s cultural treasures and the arts in under-served communities.