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Issue: National Endowment for the Arts

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The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) works to bring the arts to every community in America, including rural areas, military bases, and urban centers. It provides grants to all types of arts organizations—including museums—to exhibit, preserve, and interpret visual materials. The agency’s federal role is uniquely valuable: no other funder, public or private, funds the arts in every state and the U.S. territories. The NEA also distributes roughly forty percent of its grant funds to state arts agencies for re-granting. The NEA received $162.25 million in FY 2020 appropriations and $167.5 million in FY 2021 appropriations.

  • We urge Congress to provide $135 million in supplemental COVID-19 economic relief grants and at least $176 million in regular FY 2022 appropriations for the NEA.

Download the National Endowment for the Arts Issue Brief (PDF)

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