$2 Million Increase for the Arts


President Bush Recommends $2 Million Increase for the Arts

President Bush released details of his FY 2003 budget today requesting Congress to appropriate a $2 million increase to the NEA to bring the agency’s total budget up to $117 million. Acting Chairman of the NEA, Eileen Mason, said, “We are pleased at the President’s commitment to the arts, especially given the increased pressure on the budget this year. The arts are an important source of hope and inspiration. We will endeavor to recognize and support significant projects of artistic excellence that enrich the lives of all Americans, and to strengthen educational activity in the arts, especially for our children.”

INSTITUTE OF MUSEUM AND LIBRARY SERVICES: President Bush requested an additional $2 million for the Office of Museum Services to bring its total up to $29 million. He requested an increase of $13.6 million to the museum’s sister agency, the Office of Library Services, bringing that agency up to $181.7 million. $10 million of the Library’s increase will go for a new program to provide training for Librarians of the 21st Century. The fact that Mrs. Bush feels so passionately about reading and libraries certainly helped this agency.

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES: At the time of this memo, the NEH had not released yet the President’s budget numbers. For updates on this information, please check www.AmericansForTheArts.org later today.

Minnesota Senate Holds First Hearing on the Governor’s Recommendation to Cut the Arts by 7%

Last week the first arts hearing of the session was held by the Senate State Government, Economic Development and the Judiciary Budget Division, chaired by Sen. Richard Cohen. In a brief presentation, State Arts Board Executive Director Bob Booker and Regional Arts Council Director Mary Minnick Daniels discussed how the proposed cuts would hurt the arts community. The hearing was intended to be an overview, and the arts portion was completed in under ten minutes. We may have a House hearing this week or next.

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