In a recent letter, the board of directors of Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) requested that Congress support appropriations of $167.50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) respectively, as well as $262 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and $480 million for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The letter also asks to reject the elimination of these agencies as proposed by the Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget request.
The GIA board stated:
Due to the important role that these agencies play in our country’s cultural vitality and creative economy, we do not believe that they should be eliminated, as proposed by the Trump Administration, or that their budgets should be reduced.
In the letter, the GIA board emphasizes that the elimination of these agencies will have a “detrimental impact on creative opportunities and education for American families, and will send a message to the world that Americans do not value our culture, our creative edge, and our history.”