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Here are the top legislative issues affecting the arts. Read about each and then take action to support their positive outcome.

Arts Education Policy and Funding
Improving Access to Arts Education for All Students

Charitable Giving & Tax Reform
Encouraging Charitable Gifts and Tax Provisions to Support Community Access to the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts
Promoting Creativity and Public Access to the Arts

Artists, Entrepreneurs, and the Creative Economy
The CREATE Act and investing in the nation's workforce and creative economy

Visit the Legislative Issue Center to learn about other legislation impacting the arts.

Looking for facts and figures to make your case for the arts? Check out these resources:

Facts & Figures to Make Your Case – View NEA grants by Congressional District, and our Arts Advocacy Day Handbook.

2022 Congressional Arts Handbook – Learn about the latest arts issues, check out your legislators’ voting records and find the research to make your case.

State Arts Appropriations – How much does your state budget for the arts? Check out your state page, or view our comparison chart.

Research Reports – The information you need, at a glance.

Want to advocate for the arts but don't know where to start?

Looking for ways to take action right now? Check out these resources:

Arts Action Fund - Join over 400,00 other citizen activists to advance the arts at the federal, state and local levels.

Federal Arts Advocacy Captains - Learn about Federal Arts Advocacy Captains and find out who the captain is for your state

House and Senate Cultural Caucuses - Find out which members of Congress have committed to support the arts with their membership on the House and Senate Cultural Caucuses

The Latest News
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March 10, 2023
Press Releases

Nolen Bivens, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts, and Nina Ozlu Tunceli, Executive Director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund, released this statement in response to the Biden administration’s proposed fiscal year (FY) 2024 budget:

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February 16, 2023
Americans for the Arts News

During 2022’s Strategic Realignment Process, we worked with members and other stakeholders to identify the specific and unique role of Americans for the Arts within the arts and culture community. While we continue to evaluate and evolve our offerings, here’s the latest update on some of our flagship events, including the National Arts Action Summit, Annual Convention, and the National Arts Marketing Project Conference.

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January 11, 2023
Press Releases

Americans for the Arts today announced visual artist G. Peter Jemison (Heron Clan, Seneca Nation) as the recipient of the 2023 Johnson Fellowship for Artists Transforming Communities. This year’s $70,000 award honors an individual artist or culture bearer who does their creative work in and with rural communities with the purpose of building community, fostering participation in community life, advancing cultural and/or racial equity, and/or addressing specific issues that affect the well-being of rural communities.

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January 5, 2023
Legislative News

On December 23, 2022, the United States Congress passed, and President Biden enacted, an end-of-year omnibus package that funds the government for Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) and has provisions that support the arts. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will be funded each at $207 million, a $27 million increase from last year.