NEA and Arts Education Win Support in Spending Deal

January 15, 2014

Funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Arts in Education Programs of the U.S. Department of Education is restored to 2012 levels in a spending package negotiated by House and Senate leaders! Three and a half months after the 2014 fiscal year began, Congress is close to settling on a massive spending bill that includes $146.021 million in support for the NEA and $25 million to fund national models that improve arts learning in schools.

Both areas of support for the arts and creativity have weathered extreme challenges throughout the troubled FY14 funding battles on the Hill. House funding leaders recommended a 49% cut to the NEA and complete elimination of the Arts in Education program. Thanks to your advocacy efforts, and the proven impact of the federal investment in the arts in communities large and small nationwide, the large-scale bundle of spending bills that fund the federal government preserves funding and restores the 5% cut the NEA and Arts in Education programs suffered under sequestration in FY13.

The League is a leading advocate for federal support for the arts among a broad network of national advocacy partners, and we will keep you posted as the FY14 funding process is finalized in the days ahead. Congress will then immediately turn attention to next year’s spending priorities, and your voice in support of the arts and arts education will once again be essential!