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Budget Uncertainty Continues, Arts Advocacy Needed in 2018

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Jan 23, 2018

Even after the passing of a stopgap resolution to fund the Federal Government, there are still looming uncertainties regarding governmental funding levels in 2018, particularly for the arts. Americans for the Arts, shortly after the short-term budget extension was passed by Congress, noted: “Despite these larger budgetary and policy issues, we are hopeful that, once there is a final budget agreement, the higher funding level for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) ($150 million, same as current funding levels), that the U.S. Senate proposed, will prevail.”

To help ensure these funding levels, however, the field of arts education needs to have an active voice. We invite all Guild members to review AFTA’s advocacy toolkit, which provides resources for arts advocacy at the individual and organizational level.

In March, Arts advocates from across the country will convene in Washington, D.C. on March 12-13, 2018 for annual Arts Advocacy Day, an event for which the Guild is a national co-sponsor. Arts Advocacy Day brings together a broad cross section of America's cultural and civic organizations, along with more than 700 grassroots advocates from across the country, to underscore the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts.

Learn more about Arts Advocacy Day and how you can get involved here

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