President Proposes 5.6 % Increase for National Endowment for the Arts
The Creative Coalition today expressed appreciation for the President’s request to increase funding levels for the National Endowment for the Arts. The proposed budget released earlier today by the White House includes $154.255 million for the National Endowment for the Arts, an increase of more than $8 million over current funding levels.
“After seeing arts funding cut the past two years, we are gratified that the President has proposed this modest but important increase,” said Tim Daly, President of The Creative Coalition. “The evidence is overwhelming that federal support for the arts pays huge economic and cultural dividends for America. Non-profit arts groups create jobs, prepare our children to be leaders in a global workforce and economically strengthen our communities. We hope that both parties will work together this year to protect funding for this vital national resource.”
“We thank President Obama for supporting an increase in arts funding in today’s challenging economic environment,” said Robin Bronk, CEO of The Creative Coalition. “Even with the proposed increase — when adjusted for inflation — arts funding will be about half what it was 20 years ago It’s time we started investing in our creative sector and the jobs it creates.”
About The Creative Coalition:
The Creative Coalition (www.TheCreativeCoalition.org) is the premiere nonprofit, 501(c)3 nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating, mobilizing, and activating its members on issues of public importance. The Creative Coalition uses the power and platform of the arts and entertainment communities in award-winning PSA campaigns. Actor Tim Daly serves as the organization’s President.