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Arts Action Alert: Congress to Address Arts Funding in December Omnibus Bill

Arts Action Alert: Congress to Address Arts Funding in December Omnibus Bill

After weeks of negotiations and months of collective advocacy by arts advocates, Congressional appropriators unveiled their FY 2023 omnibus appropriations package to fund the federal government for next year.

The vote is expected before Christmas. Click HERE to thank your congressional members for supporting the arts in America and urge them to vote for the final passage of this major legislation as soon as possible.

Americans for the Arts and the Arts Action Fund released a joint press release statement highlighting arts and cultural programs.  

  • A 15% funding increase to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) of $27 million each, bringing them to an all-time budget high of $207 million. We were also delighted that the equity and diversity grant-making recommendations we advocated for are included in the report language accompanying this funding.
  • A $26.8 million increase to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
  • A $10 million increase for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
  • A first-time-ever budget allocation of $10 million in the Department of Defense to support creative art therapy programs at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence. An additional $5 million will go to the Department of Veterans Affairs for its Whole Health initiative. 
  • More than $66 million in direct project funding, also known as congressional earmarks, was awarded to over 68 arts organizations across the country. 
  • Level funding of $36.5 million was allocated to the Department of Education’s Assistance for Arts Education programs.
  • Approved changes to the Legacy IRA Act will encourage more charitable giving by expanding the charitable rollover rules to enable seniors to make tax-free contributions from IRAs to charities.