From: The Honorable Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Sent By:
logan.hollers@mail.house.gov

Date: 3/28/2017

Deadline: TODAY at 5:00 PM

 

Cosigners: Bonamici (D-OR), Clarke (D-NY), Green (D-TX), Higgins (D-NY), Keating (D-MA), Langevin (D-RI), Luján (D-NM), Shea-Porter (D-NH)

 

Dear Colleague,

Please join me in urging the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies to encourage the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to engage arts organizations
that support school STEAM initiatives. STEAM – adding the Arts to STEM education – has proven effective in student achievement and fostering creativity. Greater coordination between local cultural institutions and school systems serves to benefit our students
and this cross-curricular approach to learning.

Thank you for your consideration, and if you should have any questions, please contact Logan Hollers in the office of Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz at
logan.hollers@mail.house.gov. Please see request letter and proposed language below.

Sincerely,

 

Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23)

Member of Congress

 

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March 30, 2017

 

Dear Chairman Calvert and Ranking Member McCollum:

Thank you for your past support for arts programming and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). As you begin work on the FY 2018 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, we respectfully request language to support the NEA’s engagement
with cultural institutions and arts organizations nationwide that support local schools and youth organizations in promoting education and intellectual curiosity.

Integration of the Arts in the teaching of core subjects has proven effective in student achievement across the K-12 curriculum. As educators continue to emphasize the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), we must also consider
the importance of STEAM in engendering innovation and creative thinking in our students. Adding the “A” for the Arts to STEM highlights the importance of creative and performing arts in cross-curricular approaches to learning and their value in preparing our
students for an economy increasingly defined by entrepreneurship and creativity.

As the NEA considers its plans for Fiscal Year 2018, we encourage the Endowment to promote partnerships between school systems and arts organizations; resulting in programming that infuses the Arts into STEM subjects and ignites intellectual curiosity among
our students. STEAM programs spark cognitive interests at an early age and have a long-term and profound impact on the choices students make in higher education and their careers.

We therefore respectfully request that the Committee includes the following report language request in the FY 2018 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill:

The Committee encourages the National Endowment for the Arts to engage cultural institutions and arts organizations in coordinating with school STEAM initiatives. STEAM – adding the Arts to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education
– programs have proven effective in student achievement, subject area understanding, and fostering innovation and creativity. Supporting these initiatives is crucial in preparing young Americans for the 21st century economy and beyond.

We recognize the constraints by which the Subcommittee is bound.  As always, we appreciate your consideration of our request and we look forward to working with you as the FY 2018 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill takes shape.

 

Sincerely,