us arts funding

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The National Endowment for the Arts is slated to receive a budget of $146.02 million per the 2014 Omnibus Appropriations bill released by Congress late yesterday. The figure is down from the Obama administration’s proposed $154.47 million and roughly on par with 2013’s allocation of $146.26 million.

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Post image for Where’s the Money? US Arts and Culture Economy By the Numbers

An unprecedented survey of the role of the arts in the larger economy, last week’s breakdown of the GDP contribution of America’s creative industries in 2011 is illuminating and depressing, if not entirely surprising in its conclusions.

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Post image for House Committee Seeks to Gut the NEA

In April, President Obama proposed his 2014 fiscal year budget, which, happily for us culture lovers, includes increases of some $15 million each for the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities. But Obama’s proposal was just the first step in a long, winding budget process, and now the Republicans have spoken: they want to slash the NEA and NEH budgets in half.

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With the release this week of his proposed 2014 fiscal year budget, President Obama has followed through on his campaign promise to increase funding for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities and, in general, to support the arts.

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News

Portland’s New $35 Arts Tax Begins

by Kyle Chayka on March 5, 2013

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Though the National Endowment for the Arts seems under constant threat of being gutted, one city initiative is putting arts funding at the forefront of civic responsibility rather than last on the list. In November of last year, Portland, Oregon, passed a new annual income tax of a flat $35 fee that goes directly to supporting local arts organizations.

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Post image for Michigan Is Finding That the Arts Is a Growth Industry, Even During the Recession

Last summer, we reported that ArtsServe Michigan had releases statistics that suggest every $1 invested in the arts in the Great Lakes State yields $51 for the state’s economy. If that didn’t impress you then perhaps you will be surprised to hear that even during the recent recession the arts has been a growth industry in Michigan.

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Post image for The Post-Election State of Arts Funding

The Americans for the Arts Action Fund President and CEO Robert L. Lynch has issued a statement today regarding last night’s election results and we found the whole thing — packed full of interesting facts about the election that many of us didn’t know — important enough to post here.

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Post image for Just the Facts: 2012 US Presidential Candidates Arts Positions

How do the two US Presidential candidates measure up in regards to their arts-funding records?

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Reactor

Why is Romney Picking on Big Bird?

by Hrag Vartanian on October 4, 2012

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Yesterday’s US Presidential debate highlighted Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s ridiculous plan to cut the budget of the much loved public television channel, PBS.

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Post image for Met Museum Estimates Their Summer Shows “Stimulated” NYC to the Tune of $781M

The economic argument is being used increasingly by arts institutions as they assert their role as economic engines, and New York’s Metropolitan Museum is at the forefront of trumpeting its power in the realm of tourism.

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