latest | December 10, 2023
Earlier this month, the House of Representatives brought to the floor the FY’24 Interior appropriations bill with two floor amendments introduced by Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Scott Perry (PA-10) that would have eliminated all future funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Both amendments were soundly defeated in a bipartisan fashion with 100% support of Democrats and nearly 40% of Republicans voting against the amendments.
This victory is due, in no small part, to the hard work of arts advocates, like you, across the country. While more work needs to be done for the House to match the Senate's higher appropriations amount of $207 million each for the NEA and NEH for FY'24, this vote demonstrates the influence arts advocates have when united to support important federal arts and humanities programs.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, it is important to take a moment to thank the House Members who voted against these egregious amendments. These 292 House Members worked in a bipartisan fashion to protect arts funding and puts Congress on a path to match last year’s funding levels of $207 million each.
Please thank Members of Congress today who voted down these amendments on the House floor that would have eliminated NEA and NEH funding.
This summer Strathmore Artist Papers™ ventured into their local Wisconsin streets to give away bags of free art materials at different events throughout the summer. Each person that stopped by got 1 bag that included a Strathmore® pad and a couple complementary art supplies. The project is called “Create More, Share More, Strathmore”. The goal is to support NAMTA’s Art Advocacy Initiative and bring more art to the local community. The project was also created to inspire more people to get their creative and artistic juices flowing and do a random act of kindness. We hope you’ll be inspired to do your own random act of artistic kindness in your community by giving the gift of art or art materials to someone who would appreciate it. General Pencil Company also helped make the events successful by generously donating products for the bags.
During the month of October, Blick Art Materials and Utrecht Art Supplies supported the Arts Action Fund’s membership drive by enabling easy, free enrollment at its 72 store locations and online at DickBlick.com and Utrecht.com.
Opus Art Supplies inspires creativity with new video. "The inner critic is something every creative person struggles with and yet so many feel like they are the only one. We wanted people to know they weren't alone.
The effort is called Round Up for the Visual Arts! and it is launched in conjunction with the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. The fundraiser coincides with October as National Arts and Humanities month.
Marking the accomplishments of their “100 Days of Tombow” campaign to promote arts education nationwide, Tombow recently donated $10,000
National Arts Advocacy Day brought more than 500 grassroots advocates to Washington DC.
Binders Art Supplies and Frames in Atlanta is generously donating art supplies for community art-making activity.