Legislative News - 2010
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12-01-2010: The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed S. 3984, the Museum and Library Services Act of 2010, to reauthorize the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Included in the bipartisan bill were several provisions proposed by the museum community such as enhanced support for conservation/preservation and emergency preparedness response.
10-01-2010: President Obama issues his second White House proclamation declaring October as National Arts and Humanities Month.
09-23-2010: The House of Representatives passed a resolution recognizing the 50th anniversary of Americans for the Arts. Reps. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Todd Platts (R-PA), co-chairs of the Congressional Arts Caucus, introduced H.
07-29-2010: The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a slight increase to the Arts in Education (AIE) program at the U.S. Department of Education, from $40 million in FY 2010 to $42 million in the FY 2011 budget. The committee also instructed the U.S. Department of Education to undertake dissemination of AIE research findings.
07-26-2010: The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution designating the second week of September as "Arts in Education Week." Authored and introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), this resolution is the first congressional expression of support celebrating all the disciplines comprising arts education. Read the resolution here.
07-22-2010: The U.S. House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, which sets the initial funding level for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), approved a $2.5 million increase to for the NEA in its FY 2011 spending bill. Currently funded at $167.5 million, this increase would bring the NEA's budget to $170 million.
07-15-2010: The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies passed initial legislation to fund the FY 2011 U.S. Department of Education’s Arts in Education programs at $40 million, which is level funding from last year. The subcommittee bill also maintains the current structure of federal arts education support, grants to model projects, and professional development.
04-30-2010: Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) circulated a "Dear Colleague" letter among his fellow senators in support of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This letter is an opportunity for senators to make a statement of support for the NEA, and it has been four years since the last Dear Colleague in support of the NEA was circulated in the Senate.
04-13-2010: Americans for the Arts, in conjunction with 86 national organizations, hosted the 2010 Arts Advocacy Day. More than 500 arts advocates from across the country held meetings with congressional offices. Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr.
04-13-2010: Rep. Jim Moran convened the House Interior & Environment Appropriations Subcommittee for a special hearing on the arts entitled "Arts Build Communities", marking Arts Advocacy Day. Actors Kyle MacLachlan and Jeff Daniels; Terri Aldrich of Minot (ND) Council on the Arts; Ovation TV CEO Charles Segars; U.S.