The National Endowment for the Arts has released a statement in the wake of President Trump’s March 16 budget proposal, which calls for cuts to several independent federal agencies, including the NEA.
The Trump administration’s budget outline, which also calls for defunding the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, will next go to Congress to be resolved. If it is approved, the budget will go into effect in the new fiscal year, beginning October 1.
See below for the complete statement from NEA Chairwoman Jane Chu.
“Today we learned that the President’s FY 2018 budget blueprint proposes the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts. We are disappointed because we see our funding actively making a difference with individuals of all ages in thousands of communities, large, small, urban and rural, and in every Congressional District in the nation.
We understand that the President’s budget request is a first step in a very long budget process; as part of that process we are working with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to prepare information they have requested. At this time, the NEA continues to operate as usual and will do so until a new budget is enacted by Congress.
We expect this news to be an active topic of discussion among individuals and organizations that advocate for the arts. As a federal government agency, the NEA cannot engage in advocacy, either directly or indirectly. We will, however, continue our practice of educating about the NEA’s vital role in serving our nation’s communities.”