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Trumps’ FY2019 Budget Proposes Elimination of Cultural Agencies, Afterschool Funding

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Feb 12, 2018

The Trump administration’s budget proposal for FY2019 calls for the elimination of multiple federal cultural agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Congress rejected an identical proposal from the administration put forward last year. In response to last year's budget proposal, the Guild released a statement noting that we will continue to stand together with our members, the arts community, and our cross-sector partners in calling on Congress to maintain funding for arts and culture.

“It’s sad, illogical and it will be damaging,” said Robert Lynch, president and CEO of the Americans for the Arts. “All the data, everything, points to the fact that investment in the arts industry has been a big win, economically and job-wise. ”

While the administration argues that cultural funding is not a primary function of the federal government, opponents argue that, while federal funding is relatively small in terms of dollars and cents, it plays an enormous role in helping to leverage local dollars and to lend legitimacy to cultural initiatives. Indeed, agency leaders note that federal funding is the foundation around which public-private cultural partnerships are created.

The NEA statement notes that: "In FY 2018 to date, the NEA has awarded 1,134 grants totaling $26.68 million to organizations and individuals in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, launched a national songwriting competition for high school students, convened four summits across the country as part of Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network, issued a research report on the economic impact of the arts in rural communities, and distributed emergency funding to arts agencies in Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, among other activities.”

Cuts to Afterschool Funding

Alongside the elimination of federal agencies, the budget proposal also calls for defunding of 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC). 21st CLCC is the only federal funding source dedicated exclusively to supporting local afterschool, before-school, and summer learning programs.

“The Trump administration’s call for zero funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) afterschool initiative is a betrayal of the millions of students and parents who depend on afterschool and summer learning programs. This proposal would devastate working families,” said Jodi Grant, executive director of the Afterschool Alliance.

Advocating for Arts and Culture Funding

As arts administrators, teaching artists, funders, students, and parents, we as a community have an opportunity to make our voice heard. Some ways to take action and stay informed include:

This resource brought to you by the National Guild for Community Arts Education.