This bulletin from GIA’s federal policy firm, Penn Hill Group (Washington, DC), provides the latest information on subcommittee budget recommendations for the federal departments and programs related to education and the arts.
Arts Agency Proposed Budget Appropriations
Last week, the House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies proposed funding both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities at $145 million each for fiscal year 2018, a $5 million decrease from FY 2017 funding level.
The Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies also released their FY 2018 bill draft. Overall, the level of spending the subcommittee is permitted is $5 billion less than the 2017 level. The subcommittee has proposed maintaining FY 2017 funding levels for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Corporation for National and Community Service. Continue reading Draft Budget Appropriations for NEA, NEH, ED, IMLS, and CPB Released
From South Carolina Arts Alliance:
On June 12, Governor Henry McMaster issued 41 budgetary vetoes. Veto #24 eliminates $350,000 from the South Carolina Arts Commission. These funds would support grants made to over 150 nonprofit arts organizations around the state, professional development for industry leaders, and help reach underserved and rural areas in South Carolina – they are not directed to private individuals. Without these funds, grantees could see as much as a 17% decrease in funds already awarded for FY2018, and therefore they will be unable to provide the same level of service expected by their communities, create and maintain jobs, and provide educational outreach to students and schools.
Read more from South Carolina Arts Alliance.
President Trump has released the full version of his 2018 budget plan. From artnet News:
Donald Trump’s much-anticipated 2018 budget proposes steep cuts to domestic programs—including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
According to a CNN report, which cites an outline of the budget released last night, the proposal “doubles down on some largely symbolic cuts” first rolled out by the administration earlier this year, including the elimination of the NEA. As usual, however, Congress remains intent on writing its own budget, so Trump’s plan is unlikely to go far on Capitol Hill. Trump’s proposal, CNN notes, is more a statement of policy than a practical budget that is expected to be adopted in full.
Read the full article.
UPDATE: Americans for the Arts has provided a breakdown of arts-related spending in the proposal. Continue reading President Trump’s Newly-Released 2018 Budget ‘Doubles Down’ on Calls To Eliminate the NEA
From Carolinia A. Miranda, writing for the Los Angeles Times:
After President Trump threatened to eliminate the [National Endowment for the Arts], Congress approved a spending bill that not only funds the NEA for another year, but increased its $148 million annual budget by nearly $2 million. Lost in much of the acrimonious debate over whether the NEA should live or die is the organization’s support for cultural programs that cater to military veterans, active duty service members and their families. There’s the theater program geared to military families in North Carolina, art-making classes for veterans in Salt Lake City and Shakespeare productions staffed by veterans in Los Angeles — not to mention a beloved children’s theater program based in Missoula, Mont., that organizes productions at far-flung U.S. military installations around the world. These are just a few of the programs the NEA has helped fund.
Read the full article.
Congress has passed, and President Trump has signed into law, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017, which funds the federal government through the end of the current fiscal year. Included in the spending bill is increased funding for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, an additional $2 million more than the 2016 budget for each agency.
From The Washington Post:
Republicans and Democrats who negotiated the measure Trump signed Friday had successfully defended other accounts Trump had targeted for spending cuts, such as foreign aid, the Environmental Protection Agency, support for the arts and economic development grants, among others.
Read the article on The Washington Post.
From The Washington Post:
The new federal spending bill would spare — and even slightly increase — funding for three arts-related agencies that President Donald Trump has proposed eliminating: the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities.The agreement announced Monday calls for the CPB’s budget to remain the same, at $445 million. Spending for fiscal 2017 would go up for the NEA and NEH, each from $148 million to $150 million.
Read the full article on The Washington Post.
President Trump released his first federal budget plan today, as reported by The New York Times:
President Trump, in his first federal budget plan, proposed eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. President Trump also proposed scrapping the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. . . . It was the first time a president has called for ending the endowments. . . .
Nothing will change for the endowments or other agencies immediately. Congress writes the federal budget, not the president, and White House budget plans are largely political documents that telegraph a president’s priorities.
Yet never before have Republicans, who have proposed eliminating the endowments in the past, been so well-positioned to close the agencies, given their control of both houses of Congress and the White House, and now the president’s fiscal plan. . . .
Arts groups have already begun a furious lobbying campaign to press Republicans in Congress to save the endowments. The House will draft a budget in the coming months, and arts groups have already been focusing its lobbying efforts there.
Read the full article on The New York Times.
The early days of the Trump Administration and the 115th Congress have already begun to impact the education policy landscape. Alex Nock of Penn Hill Group has provided a summary update for Grantmakers in the Arts on current events that impact arts education and arts funding on a federal level. These events include the confirmation of a new education secretary, changes to the regulations of the Every Student Succeeds Act, and possible budget changes. Continue reading Federal Arts Education Update: DeVos, ESSA, and Arts Funding