On March 16, 2017, the White House released a budget blueprint for Fiscal Year 2018. This proposal calls for reductions to a range of government programs, including the elimination of federal support for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
It is important to remember that the Legislative Branch ultimately decides how to allocate federal funds. This is not the final word; this is the beginning of a conversation. We encourage Arizonans to be active and enthusiastic participants in this dialogue.
As a state agency, the Arizona Commission on the Arts does not design or coordinate advocacy efforts. Part of the Arts Commission’s mandate, however, is to ensure that Arizonans are informed about the potential and impact of the arts in every Arizona city and town. We invite you to look to us as a resource for information and continue to engage us as a connector.
Further, we invite you to embrace this moment as an opportunity: to express your passion for the arts, articulate the impact the arts have had on your life and in your community, and actively engage in this process by which our nation proclaims its values and vision.
In the meantime, we will be here, working to ensure that all Arizonans can participate in and experience the arts, as we have for the last 50 years.
As always, we honor and appreciate your passion, creativity, and partnership in support of the arts in Arizona.
Robert C. Booker
Arizona Commission on the Arts
This omnibus spending bill passed by the US House on March 21, 2018, funds the nation's federal arts & culture agencies and programs at higher levels than originally proposed by either the House or Senate. The White House's budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018 had recommended the elimination of the agencies.Read more
On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, the House Appropriations Committee approved its version of the fiscal year 2018 budget for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) at $145 million. This completes the U.S. House committee consideration and advances the proposal to a possible action on the U.S. House floor in the coming weeks. Still to come is the U.S. Senate’s proposal expected after Labor Day.Read more
On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, the White House released its complete Fiscal Year 2018 (FY2018) budget request to Congress. In an email sent to their members Americans for the Arts provided a breakdown of proposed funding adjustments related to the arts and arts learning programs.Read more
We are pleased to report that the $9.8 billion fiscal year 2018 budget signed last week by Governor Doug Ducey includes, for the second year in a row, a one-time $1.5 million appropriation to the Arizona Commission on the Arts. As we celebrate our 50th year as Arizona's state arts agency, we are proud to have earned this bipartisan vote of support.Read more
On Monday, May 1, congressional leaders announced that an agreement had been reached to continue funding of the federal government through September 30, 2017, the end of its current Fiscal Year (FY2017). Congress is expected to begin working on an aggressive schedule on appropriations legislation for FY2018.Read more