Americans for the Arts Files Federal Comment In Support of Arts-Based Community Development

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

For arts stakeholders, the public comment period is a keen opportunity to put forward a request for the Community Reinvestment Act to increase its support of arts-based community development and creative placemaking.

NEA Proposed at $155 Million in House Bill

$2 Million Funding Increase!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

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Under the leadership of Chairman Ken Calvert (R-CA) and Ranking Member Betty McCollum (D-MN), both the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) are proposed at $155 million for FY 2019 in the U.S. House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee bill, a $2 million increase from 2018.

Americans for the Arts Congratulates Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME), New Congressional Arts Caucus Co-Chair

Thursday, April 19, 2018

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At a special Capitol Hill reception on April 18 to honor and remember former Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY), hosted by Americans for the Arts in conjunction with the Congressional Arts Caucus, U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) as the next co-chair of the Arts Caucus.

Remembering Louise (1929 – 2018)

On March 16, 2018, a dear friend, tireless advocate, and arts leader passed away, U.S. Representative Louise M. Slaughter. I have known Louise for 32 years. We’ve partnered in nearly that many Arts Advocacy Days. It has always been my honor to stand with Louise. I’ve stood with her on over 100 occasions in the last 23 years while she co-chaired the Congressional Arts Caucus. Americans for the Arts and the nation’s arts community owe a debt of gratitude to Louise Slaughter. There has never been an arts advocate with more tenacity, fight, humor, and spirit of generosity. May she rest in peace knowing that she made the world a better place through the arts, and may her trailblazing pave the way to more arts leaders recognizing the transformational power of the arts on our lives, communities, economy, and nation.

Arts Caucus co-Chair Rep. Leonard Lance Receives 2018 Congressional Arts Leadership Award

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

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Before a crowd of 650 arts advocates from every state, including a delegation of 30 from his home state of New Jersey, Americans for the Arts and The United States Conference of Mayors recognized and thanked U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) for his congressional arts leadership during the 31st Arts Advocacy Day.

House “Dear Colleague” Letter in Support of Federal Funding for the NEA

New Record Support!

Monday, March 19, 2018

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For the fifth consecutive year, a new record number of U.S. Representatives has signed the annual “Dear Colleague” letter, led by the bipartisan Congressional Arts Caucus co-chairs.

Americans for the Arts Remembers the Powerful Advocacy and Tireless Work of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Friday, March 16, 2018

Americans for the Arts mourns the loss of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter of New York, who died March 16, 2018 in Washington, D.C. at the age of 88. Louise has been a champion of the arts for decades and our organization and its members are profoundly saddened, but still spirited in her honor and grateful for all she has given in service to her constituents at home and nationwide through her passionate support for the value of the arts and arts education.

Congress Renews Push Towards Tax Reform, Impacting Charitable Giving

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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The latest congressional plan for advancing tax reform continues calls for preserving the charitable tax deduction, a key provision and an important inclusion. The framework, however, also proposes to double the standard deduction, which would have the impact of moving taxpayers away from itemizing their deductions (like charitable giving). Americans for the Arts has joined a large and diverse coalition of non-profits in support of a universal charitable tax deduction that could be made available to all taxpayers.

TN Arts Advocates Successful in Ending Termination Language

Harmful Language Removed from Congressional Report

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

For the first time in recent years, a report from the U.S. House Budget Committee accompanying a budget resolution no longer includes language supporting the termination of our nation’s cultural agencies. This action comes after 35 Tennessee organizations sent a letter in May to the new Chairman of the House Budget Committee, urging removal of this harmful language for fiscal year 2018. 

Robert L. Lynch Submits Congressional Testimony in Support of the NEA

Thursday, May 25, 2017

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With Congress now turning to work on the next fiscal year’s budget (FY2018), Lynch provided testimony in support of $155 million for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This funding amount is the position taken by the 88 national partners of Arts Advocacy Day and reflected in the numerous advocacy efforts being pursued currently by Americans for the Arts and dozens of other arts organizations.

Another Funding Extension

No Agreement Yet on FY2017 Funding Impacting the NEA

Friday, April 28, 2017

Today, Congress gave themselves another week to make FY2017 federal funding decisions, by passing another "continuing resolution" to keep the lights on. During the coming week, final negotiations are anticipated on this work, which was due to be completed last Fall when the fiscal year first began. For the current fiscal year, the Trump Administration would like Congress to immediately cut $15 million from the NEA and NEH apiece. For next year, FY2018, the Administration would like to fully terminate the two cultural agencies.

House Recesses, But Not Before Speaking Out on the Arts

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI), a member of the Congressional Arts Caucus, led a one-hour Special Order debate on the U.S. House floor for members of Congress to share their stories of support for the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities.

Americans for the Arts Congratulates Sens. Udall & Collins, New Cultural Caucus Co-Chairs

Monday, April 10, 2017

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Established in 2005, the Caucus’ aim was and continues to be “to bring focus to the arts and humanities and the positive impact they have on our daily lives.”

Americans for the Arts Joins nearly 4,500 Nonprofits to Tell Congress: Don’t Weaken Nonprofit Law

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

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Since 1954, charities that are organized under Section 501(c)(3) of the tax code, as Americans for the Arts is, are prohibited from getting involved in political campaigns. However, recent activity in Congress and from the Administration is attempting to remove this prohibition.

Meet the Team

Lauren Cohen

At Americans for the Arts, Lauren works with the Federal Affairs team in federal lobbying and government affairs activities, including composing position statements, monitoring federal legislation, drafting legislative proposals, coalition building with the Congressional Arts Caucus and other Congressional staff.  She enjoys teaching others how to become compelling arts advocates and how to pursue strong arts policy.  Prior to joining Americans for the Arts, Lauren worked for a member of Congress in the U.S.

One Year Later: Well-Rounded Education Boosted in Implementation of the K-12 Education Law

Leading up to the decade-long work that resulted in enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act last year—the latest authorization of the landmark 1965 Elementary & Secondary Education Act—Americans for the Arts has been covering developments and sharing opportunities to impact reauthorization with arts advocates. On November 28, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education released final regulations pertaining to state accountability plans. USED fully adopted our recommendations to make clear that the “arts” are statutorily part of a well-rounded education. 

During National Arts and Humanities Month, Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) photographed “Dignity,” a 50-foot sculpture of a Native American woman created by Sturgis artist Dale Lamphere. The sculpture is on the banks of the Missouri River in Chamberlain, South Dakota.

Coalition of Arts Organizations Unite Behind Arts and Culture Statement to Next Administration

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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Americans for the Arts joined with 65 arts organizations (and growing) to demonstrate to a new Administration how the arts can (and should) be included in its broader policy priorities under development.

Reps. Alcee Hastings and Walter Jones Lead Letter to Protect Military Bands

Thursday, September 8, 2016

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Reps. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) and Walter Jones (R-NC) led a bipartisan letter in support of the military bands of the United States Armed Forces. Americans for the Arts endorsed the letter, along with 19 organizations.

Americans for the Arts Joins 51 National and State Arts and Arts Education Organizations in Filing Joint Comments

21,000+ Public Comments Filed in Response to the U.S. Department of Education’s Proposed Accountability and State Plans ESSA Regulations

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

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This round of proposed regulations was designed to provide clarity and support to state education agencies as they design accountability systems, report cards, and state plans. However, as is also evident by the sheer number of public comments, there were several concerning provisions in the proposal.

Arts and Design Added into Career and Technical Education Bill

Thursday, July 7, 2016

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This new authorization of the the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act attempts to better align CTE programs with the current job market by supporting innovative learning opportunities, building stronger community partnerships, and encouraging more engagement with employers.

House Interior Subcommittee Proposes Funding Increase for the NEA

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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Today, the U.S. House of Representatives Interior Appropriations Subcommittee unanimously approved legislation to fund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) at an increase of nearly $2 million in funding. The proposed funding is just shy of $150 million for FY 2017.
 

Spurt of Tax Activity Ahead of IRS Filing Deadlines

Key Tax Bills Introduced

Monday, April 18, 2016

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In the weeks leading up to "tax day," Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) reintroduced the long-standing Artist-Museum Partnership Act (H.R. 4948) that would allow artists the same tax benefits as other Americans as it relates to donations of works of art, including literary, musical, artistic, or scholarly compositions given to and retained by a nonprofit collecting institution. Last year during the same week, Sen. Pat Leahy (D-VT) sponsored a bill in the U.S.

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