Congress Reaches Final Approval for Increased Funding for the National Endowment for the Arts

Washington, DC (February 14, 2019) Today, Congress announced agreement on an omnibus appropriations bill that includes the Fiscal Year 2019 funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The legislation provides $155 million for the NEA, which The Creative Coalition advocated for during their annual Arts on the Hill Day last year. This represents a $2.2 million funding increase helping improve access to the arts for all Americans, especially those in underserved communities.

“The Creative Coalition views the #RightToBearArts as fundamental to the lives of all Americans,” said actor and President of The Creative Coalition Tim Daly. “The arts positively impact our academics, strengthen our communities and define our American spirit. This funding increase is a prudent investment that will yield a high return for our citizenry.”

Robin Bronk, CEO of The Creative Coalition, added, “We appreciate the extra funding Congress provided to the NEA that will create exposure to the arts for those who might not otherwise have the opportunity.  The Creative Coalition will continue to be a voice for the many individuals and communities that rely on federal arts funding to supply them with artistic experiences and enable them to reap the lifelong benefits of the arts.”

Congress is expected to pass the bill today and send it to President Trump to sign the legislation before the end of the week, after which, the NEA will begin operating under its new, increased budget. However, this higher funding level is not guaranteed beyond the current fiscal year which ends September 30, 2019. The President’s fiscal year 2020 budget, which will be released in March, is expected to once again call for the elimination of federal funding for the NEA.

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For interview requests for actor and President of The Creative Coalition Tim Daly and CEO Robin Bronk, please contact, David O’Brien, Craft Media Digital, dobrien@craftdc.com or 215-760-8617

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