Final federal budget for 2012: mixed results for arts and arts education

Final federal budget for 2012

The final fiscal year 2012 budget passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate this weekend includes $146 million in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.

This appropriation, identical to what President Barack Obama proposed in his budget, is a cut of nearly $9 million from fiscal year 2011. It also represents a compromise between the $135 appropriation considered by the House and the $155 million considered by the Senate.

Also included in the final fiscal year 2012 budget is $24 million in funding for the Arts in Education programs at the U.S. Department of Education, which had been zeroed out in a previous proposal in the House.

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