President Donald Trump is proposing the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which will cut millions of dollars that support the arts to every state. The impact of this on Missouri would be serious and unprecedented.
What happens next.
First, this is the beginning of a long process. The President made his budget recommendations. Congress will present their version in April. Congressional action is expected by September 30. There is broad support for the NEA in both parties. Just last year, Congress proposed increases in NEA funding. However, it has no immediate impact on our current budget, which ends June 30.
Why it matters.
Under federal law, 40% of NEA funds are allocated to states and regions to support state priorities. The NEA provides funding in every Congressional district in every state in the country. In 2016, the NEA funded nearly $1 million to arts organizations in Missouri. The Missouri Arts Council received an additional $729,700 this year. That is 13.4% of our budget, money that is spent on Folk Arts, Arts Education, Poetry Out Loud, underserved communities, and more. The NEA budget may be only .004% of the total federal budget, but the impact is far greater.
The NEA is an economic powerhouse, generating more than $600 million annually in additional matching funds. It is helping to shape a $730 billion arts and culture industry that represents 4.2% of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and supports 4.8 million jobs.
Use the NEA’s searchable website to find what the NEA funds in Missouri.
What you can do.
Take two minutes to share your thoughts with your Senators and Representatives.
Post your opinion on social media pages.
Inform your audiences.
For resources on communicating with legislators, and other advocacy resources, go to the Advocacy page of our website.
We encourage you to continue to use your creativity and passion to demonstrate the value of the arts in our state. On behalf of our board and staff, we will stand with you to support continued federal funding of the arts.
Missouri Arts Council