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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 US territories. NEA also distributes roughly forty percent of its grant funds to state arts agencies for re-granting. NEA received $149.8 million in FY 2017 appropriations.

  • We urge Congress to provide at least $155 million for NEA in FY 2018.

Download the PDF of the full National Endowment for the Arts Issue Brief

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