Nov 05, 2014

Yesterday, American voters turned out to the polls to vote for federal, state and local candidates and ballot measures. With many headlines focusing on control of the U.S. Senate or trends of state legislature leadership, arts education was central to several races throughout the country.

Oct 17, 2014

October is National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM)! Throughout the month, several members of Congress have taken to social media to join in Americans for the Arts’ trending Instagram campaign to #ShowYourArt and encourage all Americans to partake in the vibrant and varied art happening locally and across the country, including Arts Caucus co-Chair Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Humanities Caucus co-Chair Rep.

Sep 22, 2014

Today, nearly 50 members of the Charitable Giving Coalition, including Americans for the Arts, sent a letter to U.S. House Budget Chair Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) applauding his recent, public comments about the charitable tax deduction.

Sep 20, 2014

Following passage of legislation sponsored by Congressional Arts Caucus and STEAM Caucus member Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) in 2010, now each September, the country celebrates “Arts in Education Week.” This year during Arts in Education Week, the STEAM Caucus joined forces with the newly-formed Maker Caucus to brief members, staff, and interested organizations on 3D printing—and what’s happening at the intersection of art and technology in schools.

Aug 01, 2014

Today, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee released its draft version of the FY 2015 Interior Appropriations bill which would provide an additional $4 million to both the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Humanities Endowment (NEH)--to $150 million for each agency.

Jul 29, 2014

Last week, Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx after singer-guitarist John McCauley of the band Deer Tick wasn’t able to board a plane with his instrument.

Jul 17, 2014

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a package of charitable tax provisions that includes making permanent the IRA Charitable Rollover provision – a legislative goal of Americans for the Arts for the last decade.

Jul 15, 2014

Today, Americans for the Arts joined the Future of Music Coalition and nearly two dozen of America’s most prominent arts and cultural organizations to call for rules to prevent Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from picking winners and losers online.

Jul 15, 2014

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee today approved legislation restoring $8 million in FY15 funding cut from both the NEA and NEH. Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY) secured the funding restoration within the non-controversial manager’s amendment offered by Interior Subcommittee Chairman Ken Calvert (R-CA). Heading into the committee markup, Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) was also prepared to offer an amendment to restore the cuts to the NEA and NEH.

Jul 09, 2014

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives Interior Appropriations Subcommittee approved legislation on a voice-vote to fund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and other cultural institutions like the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Smithsonian Institution.