A! Magazine for the Arts

Arts in Economic Recovery Legislation Proposed

February 2, 2009

On Wednesday, Jan. 21, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee considered a $825 billion economic recovery package.

Included in the proposed bill is an infusion of $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts (in addition to the NEA's annual appropriations) to specifically preserve jobs in the nonprofit arts sector threatened by declines in philanthropic and other support.

The House plan proposes additional opportunities throughout other parts of the federal government that could also help the nonprofit arts sector and individual artists.

Take Action

The Senate and the White House will likely unveil additional versions of an economic recovery package. Americans for the Arts are calling on arts advocates to contact their House and Senate members and the local media to raise the profile of why it's important to ensure there is support for the nonprofit arts sector in the federal economic recovery plan.

To take action, or to read a summary analysis of how the Americans for the Arts recommendations compare to the related provisions currently in the House bill...

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