President Obama’s FY15 Budget and What It Means for the Arts

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On March 4, 2014, President Obama released his FY2015 budget request to Congress, which includes funding for the nation's cultural agencies and programs, such as the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).  If passed by Congress and signed by the President, the NEA would receive only $146 million in federal funding.

THE GOOD

  • President Obama’s budget request does not propose deeper cuts in funding for the NEA below its current level of $146 million.

THE BAD

  • President Obama’s budget request does not increase investment for the NEA, as his administration has pushed for in each of the past two years. In FY2012 and FY2013, President Obama requested $154 million for the NEA.
  • Again this year, the Administration is proposing to consolidate the Department of Education’s Arts in Education program into a new, broader funding pool. A reduction below the current level of Arts in Education funding would result in under-funding multi-year, grant-funded projects that are already underway.

key federally funded arts programs

Stay tuned for more information about how you can take action by urging Congress to increase funding for the NEA.

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