arts action center
headline of the week
09-30-2013: White House Issues Proclamation for National Arts and Humanities Month
arts and culture funding
Tell your Senators and Representative to support a funding increase for the National Endowment for the Arts to help support our nation’s cultural treasures and the arts in under-served communities.
Tell Congress to support a funding level of $53 million for the Arts in Education programs within the U.S. Department of Education. These programs support model arts collaborations with schools, teacher professional development, and arts programs for at-risk youth. Americans for the Arts also works to ensure that the arts are retained as a core academic subject of learning and improve national data collection and research in education reauthorization legislation.
Americans for the Arts is working on several tax issues. The one that applies most directly and exclusively to the arts is a proposal to allow artists to claim a deduction for the full value of certain donated works. Under current law, they may deduct only the cost of materials.
There are currently two challenges affecting the international arts community: unreasonable delays by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on foreign artists obtaining U.S. entry visas and the lack of funding for cultural exchange programs.
other legislative issues
Americans for the Arts also tracks other issues of note impacting the arts community, such as the arts and healthcare and national service. For more information on these issues, read our issue briefs.
Advocacy is also reaching out to the media with positive arts messages via op-eds, letters to the editor, or by releasing new research and positive stories. We’ll connect you electronically to every local newspaper, radio and television station in your community, and allow you to customize your message and help get your point of view out to the public.