First-Person: The Arts Alliance Illinois Blog

Statement from Arts Alliance Illinois on Illinois State Museum

Yesterday at 5:00 pm, the Illinois State Museum and its branch facilities closed their doors to the public -- not just for the day but indefinitely. After 138 years of preserving our heritage and sharing Illinois’ cultural and natural history with the world, the state museum system is now closed.

President Obama’s FY16 Budget and What It Means for the Arts

On February 2, 2015, The Obama Administration released its FY 2016 budget request with an increase in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) of almost 2 million dollars.

If passed by Congress and signed by the President, the NEA would receive $147.9 million in federal funding, above its current level of $146.0 million.

In FY2014 and FY2015, President Obama requested $154.5 and $146.0 million for the NEA.

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