The Creative Coalition Applauds Efforts to Preserve Funding for the National Endowment of the Arts; Calls for Congress to Maintain Funding Level
Washington, DC – Today, the United States House of Representatives voted to reject calls to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) during consideration of the Fiscal Year 2024 Department of Interior, Environment and Related Agencies. The Creative Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the arts, commends the efforts of Members of Congress for their rejection of an amendment to the bill that would have eliminated funding for the NEA.
More than 80 Republicans joined over 200 Democrats to defeat an amendment offered by Congressman Scott Perry (R-PA) to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.
The stance to vote down the amendment showcases a shared commitment to the enduring value and significance of the arts in our society. Accordingly, The Creative Coalition calls on Congress to reject funding cuts the House of Representatives is proposing for the NEA for the upcoming fiscal year. The bill the House is considering would cut NEA funding by ten percent – to $186.3 million. Instead, The Creative Coalition strongly urges Congress to enact the Senate’s proposed funding level of $207 million for the NEA in Fiscal Year 2024, which is the same as the current year’s funding.
“The NEA plays a pivotal role in fostering creativity, cultural enrichment, and economic vitality across our nation,” said Tim Daly, Actor and President of The Creative Coalition. “By providing essential resources to artists, communities, and organizations, the NEA strengthens our cultural fabric, spurs innovation, and stimulates economic growth.”
“Federal funding for the NEA is crucial because of the rural and disadvantaged communities it serves,” said Robin Bronk, CEO of The Creative Coalition. “NEA grants exist to fill the void that private dollars do not reach. It would be short-sighted to eliminate, or even reduce, NEA funding, considering the multiplying effect it has on local dollars that support underserved populations, such as people with disabilities, low-income audiences, and veterans.”
The steadfast support demonstrated by Republican and Democrat Members of Congress to continue funding the NEA despite efforts to eliminate it highlights the recognition of the arts as a unifying force that transcends political boundaries. The Creative Coalition commends Congress for recognizing the profound impact of the arts on our communities and the well-being of our citizens and calls on Congress to maintain the current funding level for Fiscal Year 2024.
The Creative Coalition stands ready to collaborate with both parties in furthering policies that promote the #RightToBearArts for all Americans.