From: The Honorable Louise McIntosh Slaughter
Sent By:
jack.spasiano@mail.house.gov

Date: 3/16/2017

Support the National Endowment for the Arts in FY 18

 

Current Signers (46): Brady, Castor, Clarke, Nadler, Larsen, Danny Davis, Ellison, Lynch, Moore, Velazquez, Maloney, Sires, Courtney, Keating, Hastings, Pascrell, Schiff, DeLauro, Conyers, Lacy Clay, Bordallo, Delbene, Sarbanes, Deutch,
Quigley, Higgins, Tonko, Brownley, Frankel, Blumenauer, Beyer, Gallego, Kinda, Takano, Rice, Loebsack, Langevin, Yarmuth, David Scott, Mike Thompson, Eshoo, Kihuen, Stefanik, Neal, Lewis, Grijalva

 

FY 17 (114th) Signers:  Rep. Donald Payne, Jr., Rep. Tammy Duckworth, Rep. Brad Ashford, Rep. Alan Lowenthal, Rep. Robert Brady, Rep. James Langevin, Rep. Debbie Dingell, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, Rep. Joyce Beatty, Rep. Ann McLane Kuster,
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, Rep. Kathy Castor , Rep. Frederica Wilson, Rep. Joaquin Castro, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Rep. Alma Adams, Rep. David Scott, Rep. Mike Thompson, Rep. Frank Pallone, Rep. Mike Doyle, Rep. Anna Eshoo, Rep. Alan Grayson, Rep. Joseph P.
Kennedy, Rep. Mark Pocan, Rep. Suzane DelBene, Rep. Willam Keating, Rep. Mark DeSauliner ,Rep. Richard Neal, Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Dina Titus, Rep. John Yarmuth, Rep. Elizabeth Esty, Rep. Janice Hahn, Rep. Marc Veasey, Rep. Ted Lieu, Rep. Mark Takai* , Rep.
Gregorio Sablan, Rep. Denny Heck, Rep. Don Beyer, Rep. Filemon Vela, Rep. Jim McGovern, Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, Rep. Elise Stefanik, Rep. Stacey E. Plaskett, Rep. Cheri Bustos, Rep. Tim Walz, Rep. Lois Frankel, Rep. Julia Brownley, Rep. Jim
McDermott, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Rep. Scott Peters, Rep. Sam Farr, Rep. Bobby Scott, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, Rep. Gwen Graham*, Rep. Susan Davis, Rep. Ruben Gallego, Rep. Bill Foster, Rep. Xavier Becerra*, Rep. Jim Himes, Rep.
Sander Levin, Rep. Brenda Lawrence, Rep. Raul Ruiz, Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Rep. Seth Moulton, Rep. Ed Perlmutter, Rep. Michael Capuano, Rep. Matt Cartwright, Rep. Jared Polis, Rep. John Larson, Rep. Ron Kind, Rep. Mark Takano, Rep. Kathleen
Rice, Rep. Tony Cárdenas, Rep. Raul Grijalva, Rep. David Loebsack, Rep. Krysten Sinema, Rep. Donald Norcross, Rep. Ami Bera, Rep. Juan Vargas, Rep. Jared Huffman, Rep. John Delaney, Rep. Chris Van Hollen*, Rep. Chris Gibson*, Rep. Mike Honda*,
Rep. Niki Tsongas, Rep. Katherine Clark, Rep. Daniel Donovan, Rep. David Price, Rep. Jerry Nadler, Rep. Corrine Brown*, Rep. Rick Larsen, Rep. Peter DeFazio, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rep. Danny K. Davis, Rep. Collin Peterson, Rep. Lois Capps, Rep. Gerald
Connolly, Rep. Hank Johnson, Rep. David Cicilline, Rep. Gwen Moore, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Rep. Keith Ellison, Rep. Adam Smith, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Chaka Fattah, Rep. Nydia Velazquez, Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Rep. Doris Matsui, Rep. Elijah
Cummings, Rep. Peter Welch, Rep. Linda Sanchez, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, II, Rep. Albio Sires, Rep. Joe Courtney, Rep. Al Green, Rep. Yvette Clarke, Rep. Alcee Hastings, Rep. Charlie Rangel, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Rep. Diana DeGette, Rep. Stephen Lynch, Rep. Bill
Pascrell, Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick, Rep. Steve Cohen, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Judy Chu, Rep. John Conyers, Rep. William Lacy Clay, Rep. John Garamendi, Rep. Madeline Bordallo, Rep. John Sarbanes, Rep. Donna F. Edwards, Rep.
Theodore E. Deutch, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, Rep. André Carson, Rep. Mike Quigley, Rep. Brian Higgins, Rep. Paul Tonko, Rep. Eliot Engel, Rep. Jackie Speier, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez, Rep. Alma S. Adams,
Ph.D, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Rep. Steve Israel*

 

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Dear Colleague,

As co-chairs of the Congressional Arts Caucus, we invite you to join us in sending the below letter to Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Ken Calvert and Ranking Member Betty McCollum in support of funding for
the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

The letter requests a funding level of $155 million for the NEA in the FY18 Interior Appropriations bill to support the NEA’s core mission to strengthen the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities
for arts engagement.

The NEA is at the forefront of a national effort to support arts and health in the military. The NEA/Walter Reed Healing Arts Partnership was established in 2011 to explore how creative arts therapy and arts engagement programs
can improve the health and well-being in military healthcare settings. This past October, the NEA launched their Creative Forces Military Healing Arts Network – an expanded partnership between the NEA and the Department of Defense – which is now furthering
increased access to therapeutic arts activities in local communities for members of the military, veterans, and their families. Creative Forces continues the successful work of the NEA’s Military Healing Arts Partnership to bring healing arts to more service
members, veterans, and families in both clinical and community settings. As the NEA may continue to build existing programs into this network with federal investment, every state will benefit from this program.

According to the NEA, for every one dollar we spend on federal arts initiatives we see nine non-federal dollars leveraged, generating roughly $600 million in matching support while at the same time enriching
our children and communities with access to the arts they might not otherwise have. An examination of NEA direct grants showed that the majority go to small and medium-sized organizations, which tend to support projects that benefit audiences that otherwise
might not have access to arts program. Additionally, 40% of NEA-supported activities take place in high-poverty neighborhoods, 36% of NEA grants go to organizations that reach underserved populations such as people with disabilities, people in institutions,
and veterans and 33% of NEA grants serve low-income audiences.

The American public wants and needs an affordable investment in the arts. This vital funding will allow the NEA to continue bolstering our economy, serve our veterans, servicemembers and their families, as well as our schools and communities. We urge you
to join us in supporting a funding level of $155 million in the FY 2018 Interior Appropriations bill. If you  have questions regarding the letter please contact Jack Spasiano with Rep. Slaughter (jack.spasiano@mail.house.gov)
or Bri Hearn (bri.hearn@mail.house.gov) with Rep. Lance’s office.

 

Sincerely,

 

Louise M. Slaughter                                                    Leonard Lance

Member of Congress                                                  Member of Congress

Co-Chair, Congressional Arts Caucus                          Co-Chair, Congressional Arts Caucus

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Dear Chairman Calvert and Ranking Member McCollum,

We urge you to support a funding level of $155 million for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) Interior Appropriations bill. Federal investment in the arts provides all Americans with expanded opportunities to
engage with the arts in each state and district.
 The NEA reached its peak funding at $176 million in FY92, and has never fully recovered from a 40 percent budget cut in FY96.

In addition to grants made to every Congressional district, national research, and critical partnerships with the states, the Arts Endowment is at the forefront of a national effort to support arts and health in the military. The launch
of the Creative Forces Military Healing Arts Network in October – an expanded partnership between the NEA and the Department of Defense – now further increases access to therapeutic arts activities in local communities for members of the military, veterans,
and their families. Creative Forces continues the successful work of the NEA’s Military Healing Arts Partnership to bring healing arts to more service members, veterans, and families in both clinical and community settings. As the NEA may continue to build
existing programs into this network with federal investment, every state will benefit from this program.

With an overall budget increase of $1.98 million to NEA’s funding, as approved by Congress for FY16, the Creative Forces program has successfully expanded to additional clinical sites.  Growing and unmet demand among military treatment facilities
for creative art therapy programs continues.
 With the $1.9 million increase in funding for FY17, which was also recommended and supported by the Committee, the NEA will be able to reach more of our service members and their families.

In addition to supporting our military service members, the NEA contributes to the development and economic growth of our communities. Arts and culture-related industries create jobs, attract investments, generate tax revenues, and stimulate local economies
through tourism and consumer purchases. These arts businesses represent 3.9 percent of all businesses and 1.9 percent of all employees, respectively. America’s arts and entertainment are also leading exports, with $60 billion annually in overseas
sales, creating a $26 billion arts trade surplus.

This past February, the Bureau of Economic Analysis found that the total dollar amount that the arts and culture sector contributes to the U.S. economy is more than $729 billion, or 4.23 percent of the U.S. Gross Domestic
Product, more than construction ($672B) or transportation and warehousing ($510B). From the work of nonprofit arts organizations to the impact of cultural tourism, the creative sector is important to state economies all across the country.

Few other federal investments have such a widespread impact and multiplying effect across the nation as does the Arts Endowment. For every one dollar spent on direct grants, nearly nine non-federal dollars are matched, generating $600 million in matching
support while at the same time enriching our children and communities with access to the arts they might not otherwise have. Moreover, forty percent of NEA’s grant-making budget—approximately $47 million in FY17—is re-granted through state arts agencies
and regional arts organizations
. Private support cannot match the leveraging role of government cultural funding.

The requested funding for FY18 will help the NEA maintain its enormously successful programs, including The Big Read, Our Town, Challenge America, The Mayors’ Institute on City Design, The Citizens Institute on Rural Design, Blue Star Museums, Shakespeare
in American Communities, Art Works, 
and Poetry Out Loud, which help the NEA reach every congressional district in the country, serving rural and urban communities; impacting veterans, businesses, and schools. In FY15, the NEA granted $120 million
in appropriated funds through over 2,400 grants in nearly 16,000 communities in every congressional district in the country.

The arts also play a significant role in equalizing educational opportunities. Students with an education rich in the arts have higher GPAs and standardized test scores and lower drop-out rates. The NEA’s education programs have helped to
sustain support in local communities for arts education, which has been proven to help close the education achievement gap and also benefit children and adults in many important ways throughout their lives.

We strongly urge you to support NEA funding at $155 million in the Fiscal Year 2018 Interior Appropriations bill. By approving this level of funding, you will maintain the NEA’s ability to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to
benefit from the arts. We appreciate your attention to this request, and hope we can count on your continued support.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

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Louise M. Slaughter                                        Leonard Lance

Co-Chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus   Co-Chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus

Member of Congress                                      Member of Congress