San Francisco Bay Area arts organizations celebrated a victory Monday after months of worry.
Today's bipartisan Congressional agreement funding the government for the rest of 2017 preserves the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and other cultural agencies, despite President Trump’s effort to zero out their budgets and kill the agencies.
In fact, the Republican-controlled Congress increased funding for the NEA and the NEH by $2 million each, to $150 million dollars.
“Just got this update from Americans for the Arts,” wrote Theatre Bay Area Executive Director Brad Erickson in an email. “Astounding.”
Erickson, a board member for Californians for the Arts, led a team of artists and arts administrators on a lobbying trip to Washington on Arts Advocacy Day in March.