Congress Turns to FY12 Funding: Urge Their Support for the Arts! - (April 18, 2011)

FY11 Budget Closes; FY12 Discussions Begin. Urge Congress to Protect the Arts!

Washington, D.C. - On Friday, April 15 President Obama signed the FY11 spending agreement passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate earlier in the week. The final budget for FY11 allocated $155 million for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and $25.5 million for the Arts in Education program at the U.S. Department of Education, bringing to a close several months of whirlwind budget negotiations. Thank you for contacting Congress in support of these programs! Every letter and phone call makes an impact, and orchestras turned up the volume when it was most needed!

However, this is no time to rest. Congress has already begun taking up the FY12 budget process and both chambers will be expected to seek deep cuts. Your continued communication with Congress is essential! Elected officials will be listening very closely to the priorities of their constituents, and only you can tell them of the specific ways in which federal arts support serves your community. Please, continue to contact your Senators and Representative and urge them to support the vital services your orchestra provides to your community. With Members of Congress at home from April 18 through 29, now is an opportune time to meet with your Members in their home offices, invite them to attend your orchestra's concerts, and see community programs in action. As always, be sure to review the Guide to Congressional Gift Rules.

Contact your elected officials today in updated campaigns for the NEA and Arts in Education in the FY12 budget process:


Please direct any related questions to Heather Noonan, Vice President for Advocacy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Najean Lee, Senior Manager, Government Affairs & Education Advocacy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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