As we previously reported, on March 16, 2017, the White House released a budget blueprint for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY2018). 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. Ultimately, the legislative branch determines the allocation of federal funds and these discussions and negotiations are in process and will likely continue through the Summer.

In the meantime, Congress has been working on an agreement to continue funding of the federal government through September 30, 2017, the end of its current Fiscal Year (FY2017). On Monday, May 1, congressional leaders announced that an agreement had been reached, thus averting a government shutdown. On May 5, 2017, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017, was signed into law.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017, funds the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) at $149.8 million, an increase over the agency’s current funding level of $148 million. The House and Senate are expected to vote on the legislation this week, before the current continuing resolution expires.

When work concludes on the funding bill for Fiscal Year 2017, Congress is expected to begin working on an aggressive schedule on appropriations legislation for FY2018. We will continue to monitor and report on these developments.

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On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, the White House released its complete Fiscal Year 2018 (FY2018) budget request to Congress. The complete budget provides additional detail on the previously released FY2018 budget blueprint, which called 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. Ultimately, the Legislative Branch determines the allocation of federal funds; these discussions and negotiations are in process and will likely continue through the Summer.

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As we previously reported, on March 16, 2017, the White House released a budget blueprint for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY2018). 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. Ultimately, the legislative branch determines the allocation of federal funds and these discussions and negotiations are in process and will likely continue through the Summer.

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AZ ArtWorker returns for a third year of artist-to-artist professional development and knowledge sharing! Join us on Saturday, September 23, for a free, interactive workshop on crafting a theatrical structure while working with community. The workshop will be led by Tucson playwright and theatre artist Milta Ortiz of Borderlands Theater and is presented in collaboration with CALA Alliance, Palabras Bilingual Bookstore, ASU - SFDT Performance in the Borderlands and Cultural Coalition, Inc.
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Theatricalizing Oral Histories in Community: Milta Ortiz

September 23, 2017, 10:00am - September 23, 2017, 2:00pm

Join us for an interactive writer's workshop with Tucson playwright and theatre artist Milta Ortiz. Using Milta Ortiz’s docudrama play Más as a case study, workshop participants will learn about ...

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