Increased Arts Funding in FY17 Spending Bill!

Advocacy Update

Good news! This week, House and Senate appropriators announced an FY17 omnibus spending bill that includes increased funding for the arts! The budget allots $149,849,000 to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA); this increase is encouraging as the president proposed a $15M cut to the agency for the rest of FY17.

The spending bill also includes increases for Cultural Exchanges-including programs that send U.S. artists abroad, and increases for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program which supports out-of-school-time programming that often includes the arts (more).