$2 Million Funding Increase!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Under the leadership of Chairman Ken Calvert (R-CA) and Ranking Member Betty McCollum (D-MN), both the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) are proposed at $155 million for FY 2019 in the U.S. House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee bill that was released last night.

This proposed $2 million increase matches the unified ask that Americans for the Arts and more than 85 national arts and arts education organizations made at Arts Advocacy Day in March!

Congratulations to the hundreds of thousands of arts advocates from across the country on their hard work and advocacy to get to this first congressional benchmark for FY 2019. Tonight, the subcommittee will consider the bill at 5:30 PM (Eastern). The meeting will be webcast live here. Next, the bill will be considered by the full U.S. House Appropriations Committee likely next week, and the U.S. Senate is expected to consider the bill the week of June 11.

Congress’ current deadline to complete the bills is September 30, when the fiscal year ends.

To see how various arts agencies and programs fared, check out the chart below.

Key Arts Agencies & Programs Funded in the Interior Bill

Key Federally Funded Arts Program/Agency
Final FY 2018 Funding (in $ millions)
President Trump’s FY 2019 Proposal (in $ millions)
FY 2019 House Subcommittee Proposal (in $ millions)

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

$152.8

*Termination

$155

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

$152.8

*Termination

$155

Smithsonian Institution

$1,043

$957

$1,055

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

$40.5

$37

$40.5

National Gallery of Art

$166

$147

$165

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

$59

$57

$58

Save America’s Treasures

$13

$0

$13

Commission of Fine Arts

$2.8

$2.8

$2.8

National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs

$2.75

$0

$2.75

*Minimal funding would be provided to bring about the closure of­ the agency. No new grants would be awarded.