Arts included in Congressional Economic Stimulus Proposal--Measure Passes House
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies Updates Public on House Democrats' Proposal
The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies recently released a notice that the House of Representatives passed the House Democratic leadership's economic stimulus package, including arts funding. This notice came after an alert the previous week. "The proposal includes a $50 million allocation for the National Endowment for the Arts, with the stipulation that 40 percent of such funding be distributed through state and regional arts agencies, the balance to go out in direct grants from the NEA," notes the organization's press statement from January 15, 2009. "The proposal further stipulates that all funds must be awarded by September 30, 2010 using existing grant-making procedures." See the full statement from mid-January for more details, or the most recent NASAA release as posted by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and a statement from Americans for the Arts.
The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies also released a policy brief on the Arts as a Public Policy Asset during the National Governors' Association conference. Full details may be found on the main webpage with a series of policy briefs on the benefits of the arts.
Other organizations posted information as well, especially Americans for the Arts. This information was posted on the Americans for the Arts website after they released their policy brief and recommendations for Economic Recovery and the Arts.
The California Arts Council will continue to post information about developments in Washington as we hear about it from national arts advocating organizations like Americans for the Arts and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies.