The latest on federal budget issues concerning the arts and creativity.
The past ten days have brought rapid-fire news about the federal budget, including support for the arts, humanities and public broadcasting. Specifically, it has been reported that members of the Trump administration met with career White House staff members to “outline their plans for shrinking the federal bureaucracy,” including the possibility of eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities and privatizing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
What’s important to know?
How would this impact Wisconsin?
Current funding for the NEA is $146 million. 40% of all NEA funds are sent directly to state arts agencies – Wisconsin’s state agency is the Wisconsin Arts Board – which are then matched by state dollars. The Arts Board provides grant funding for organizations and projects throughout the state, and technical assistance and leadership development to people making the arts happen on the local level. The combined federal and state funding supports programs that positively impact the economy, education and quality of life for everyone, everywhere in Wisconsin. Direct grants from the Endowment also go to Wisconsin arts organizations.
In addition, the National Endowment for the Humanities provides funds for the Wisconsin Humanities Council and humanities projects throughout the state, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is a critical partner for Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television.
What can you do?
It’s important to be positive, pro-active, and vigilant. Investment in the arts and creativity is a proven strategy for building better lives and strengthening communities in Wisconsin and beyond. It’s never been more important to focus on what matters – inspiration, imagination, creativity, community.
Please feel free to get in touch with your comments and ideas. We’ll stay ahead of news and stay proactive to make the case for the arts locally and nationally as events unfold, and will keep you informed of news and actions.
Anne Katz, Executive Director
A sampling of media on the issue: