US House Passes Arts Increase

7/18/03

1. U.S. HOUSE PASSES INCREASE IN ARTS FUNDING. HOW DID YOUR CONGRESSPERSON VOTE?
2. HOW DOES MINNESOTA BENEFIT FROM NEA FUNDING?
3. TAKE MCA’S SURVEY

1. U.S. HOUSE PASSES INCREASE IN ARTS FUNDING.
How did your Congressperson vote?

Thanks to you, and a national network of grassroots arts advocates, more than 1,500 messages were sent to the U.S. House of Representatives within 48 hours to help pass the Congressional Arts Caucus Amendment. Grassroots constituents were able to send messages to every member of the House, reaching all 435 congressional districts in every state across the country.

Americans for the Arts has recently updated their Online Advocacy Center with the specific voting records resulting from the Congressional Arts Caucus Amendment to increase arts funding and the Tancredo Amendment to cut it, which took place yesterday on July 17th. They’ve also created easy-to-use-customized messages to enable you to send electronic letters of thanks or disappointment to your Representatives based on their specific votes for these two amendments (see link below).

Here’s how Minnesota’s Congressional Delegation Voted:

A. Slaughter Amendment to Increase NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) funding by $10 million and NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) funding by $5 million

Pro-arts vote= YES

Betty McCollum (Dem, CD. 4)
Jim Oberstar (Dem., CD 7)
Colin Peterson (Dem. CD 8)
Jim Ramstad (Rep. CD 3)
Martin Sabo (Dem. CD 5)
Anti-arts vote= NO

Gil Gutknecht (Rep. CD 1)
Mark Kennedy (Rep. CD 6)
John Kline (Rep. CD 2)
B. Tancredo Amendment to cut NEA (National Endowment for the Artrs) FY04 funding by $57.4 million

Pro-arts vote= NO

Betty McCollum (Dem, CD. 4)
Jim Oberstar (Dem., CD 7)
Colin Peterson (Dem. CD 8)
Jim Ramstad (Rep. CD 3)
Martin Sabo (Dem. CD 5)
Anti-arts vote =YES

Gil Gutknecht (Rep. CD 1)
Mark Kennedy (Rep. CD 6)
John Kline (Rep. CD 2)
To send a message to your U.S. Representative expressing your gratitude or disappointment over their recent voting activity, please click here: http://capwiz.com/artsusa/issues/?style=D Thanks again to everyone!

2. HOW DOES MINNESOTA BENEFIT FROM NEA FUNDING?

Minnesota benefits from National Endowment for the Arts funding in two ways. The first is through a block grant that goes to the Minnesota State Arts Board, a small portion of which is regranted around the state. The second is through direct grants to artists and arts organizations around the state. Recent, NEA grants went to:

Arts Midwest * Minnesota Public Radio * New Rivers Press * Children’s Theatre Company * COMPAS * In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre * Illusion Theatre * Intermedia Arts * Minneapolis Institute of Arts * Minnesota Center for Book Arts * Minnesota Chorale * Minnesota Con-temporary Ensemble * Minnesota Orchestra * Minnesota State Arts Board * Nritya Jyoti Dance Theatre * pARTS Photographic Arts * Ragamala Dance Theater * St. Paul Chamber Orchestra * Shawn McCon-neloug and Her Orchestra * Southern Theatre Foundation * American Composers Forum * FORECAST Public Artworks * Graywolf Press * Milkweed Editions * Mixed Blood Theatre Company * Plymouth Music Series * Asian Media Access * Chamber Music Society of St. Cloud * Joe Chvala and the Flying Foot Forum * Guthrie Theater * JAZZDANCE * The Loft * Minnesota Alliance for Arts in Education * Penumbra Theater * Playwrights’ Center * Red Eye Collaboration * Theater Mu * Theatre de la Jeune Lune * Walker Art Center * and many, many others.