Today, according to the Americans for the Arts, the US House of Representatives passed the final budget agreement for 2012, which cuts funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) by 6%. The NEA’s 2011 budget was $155 million and next year’s funding will be $146.255 million.
Other arts-related funding are also poised be be cut in this budget, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, which will experience an identical reduction in 2012 (FY 2011 budget $155 million versus $146.255 million in FY 2012), the Office of Museum Services received a 4% cut to $30.918 million in 2012 and the US Department of Education’s Art in Education budget was reduced 3.5% to $30.918 million. Only the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which is a private nonprofit organization that stewards the US federal governments funding best know for its support of PBS, had a budget increase. CPB’s 2012 budget will be 3.5% more than the previous year and it will total $445 million.