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What Can Art Teach Us About the History of Plant Cultivation?

A Lot, It Turns Out-Via Something Called #Art Genetics. Art history offers a snapshot of what fruits and vegetables used to look like.

House Proposes Budget Increase to the NEA for FY 2021

Earlier today, the U.S House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee strongly rejected President Trump's fourth consecutive annual budget request to eliminate both the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) by instead appropriating $170 million in funding for each for fiscal year FY 2021! This represents an increase for both agencies of $7.75 million each over the current FY 2020 funding level of $162.25 million and it is the same amount that we recommended to Congress.


Americans for the Arts and Arts Action Fund President and CEO Robert Lynch and ArtsVote 2020 Chair and Arts Action Fund Board Member Ben Folds testify before the U.S. House Interior Subcommittee on February 6, 2020.

As you will recall, Americans for the Arts and Arts Action Fund president and CEO Robert Lynch and our ArtsVote 2020 Chairman and musician Ben Folds testified in support of the $170 million budget request on February 6, 2020. (Watch Ben's testimony here.)

Additionally, we are very pleased to share that the House bill includes specific language requested by Americans for the Arts and the Arts Action Fund to enable the NEA to waive financial matching grant requirements and to allow grantees to use the federal funds for general operating support as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  These new funds would not limit eligibility to only recent NEA grantees and would apply to FY 2021 grants as well as any outstanding FY 2020 and 2019 grant funds.

Stay tuned. This bill will proceed next to the full U.S. House Appropriations Committee, then the House floor before moving to the Senate chamber for consideration over the coming weeks and months.

Artists helped lift America out of the Great Depression. Could that happen again?

As unemployment soars, the WPA's emphais on artists shows a path toward recovery.  In the 1930s a part of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal and its Works Progess Administration effort, the federal government hired more than 10,000 artists

Everything You Should Know About Art Therapy Excercises

Therapy is an often underrated method of healing and self-improvement.

Brain research show the arts promote mental health

Brain research show the arts promote mental health- During self-isolation due to coronavirus many are turning to the arts.

During Economic Highs and Lows, the Arts Are Key Segment of U.S. Economy

Each State has Unique Arts Profile- According to the latest data issued today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the National Endowment for the Arts, the arts remain a vital component of the U.s. economy.

Education Matters: Arts helping students expand their minds

You may have seen the heartwarming videos of Italians confined to their homes due to the coronavirus singing from their balconies -

Do Field Trips Help Students with Learning?

Trips to museums are part of many children's education in the United States.

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