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Funding the National Endowment for the Arts

Background on National Endowment for the Arts Advocacy

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is our nation’s chief supporter of the arts and celebrates the arts as a national priority, critical to America’s future. The arts have the power to transport audiences, unite communities, promote empathy and understanding, and humanize difference. For 50 years, the NEA has provided strategic leadership and investment in the arts through its core grant programs for dance, design, folk and traditional arts, literature, local arts agencies, media arts, multidisciplinary arts, music, theater, visual arts, and other programs.

Talking points:

  • Every congressional district has received the benefit of a NEA grant. These grants have supported arts activities for active-duty servicemembers, veterans, and their families; rural communities, and communities with socio-economic challenges.
  • NEA grants have a high return on investment: every $1 of grant funding is matched by almost $9 of private or other non-federal support. NEA investments factor into the arts and culture sector contributing 4.2% to the national GDP, an impressive $729 billion.
  • NEA funds connect communities by supporting partnerships between arts organizations and K-12 schools, colleges, and universities; as well as partnerships between state education agencies and state arts agencies. Approximately 40% of the NEA’s program funds are distributed through state arts agencies.

PAA will have additional information regarding the FY22/23 NEA Budget and programs coming soon. In the meantime, please check the NEA website for current grant and other funding opportunities.

What We're Asking For Right Now

We urge Congress to:

Support funding for the NEA.

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