Funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Arts in Education Programs of the U.S. Department of Education have been restored to 2012 levels in the Omnibus spending bill negotiated and approved last week by House and Senate leaders! Three and a half months after the 2014 fiscal year began, Congress approved a massive spending bill that includes $146.021 million in support for the NEA and $25 million to fund national models that improve arts learning in schools.
Both areas of support for the arts and creativity weathered extreme challenges throughout the troubled FY14 funding battles on the Hill. House funding leaders recommended a 49% cut to the NEA and complete elimination of the Arts in Education program. The large-scale spending bill preserves funding and restores the 5% cut the NEA and Arts in Education programs suffered under sequestration in FY13.
FY14 appropriations have been finalized just in time to begin work on FY15 funding, so please stay tuned for opportunities to advocate on all of our federal arts advocacy issues throughout 2014!
Laurie Baskin, director of research, policy & collective action, joined TCG in 1997 as executive assistant to the executive director. In 1999, she was named director of government and education programs and in 2013 was named director of the newly formed department of Research, Policy and Collective Action. Ms. Baskin serves as TCG’s liaison to the Performing Arts Alliance. Prior to joining TCG, Ms. Baskin served for 15 years as executive assistant to the Chairman of the New York State Council on the Arts, working for then-Chairman, Kitty Carlisle Hart. She attended Mount Holyoke College, earned her B.A. from Colgate University, and a degree in arts administration from Adelphi University.