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Update on NEA Cuts; Great Britain Arts Advocates Happy

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Great Britain’s advocates for arts funding braced themselves for the worst news. They expected, in this age of austerity, severe cuts to public funding for the arts. But, Culture Secretary Maria Miller delivered this speech, and arts advocates appealed in to British Chancellor George Osborne. In the end, the arts emerged from the budget battle “virtually unscathed.” The cut was just 5 percent, which is nothing, when you’re bracing for big, double-digit cuts. Here is the speech with many great quotes relevant to our cause in Oklahoma:

Testing Time: Fighting Culture’s Corner in an Age of Austerity

Speaking of double-digit cuts:

Update on Proposed 49 Percent Cut to National Endowment for the Arts

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The House Appropriations Committee considered an amendment today offered by Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) and David Price (D-NC) to restore funding to the NEA and NEH. Recently, the House Interior Appropriations Committee proposed a 49 percent cut to the NEA. Americans for the Arts has been optimistic that the proposed cut would not advance passed the full House Appropriations Committee; however, today, the Lowey and Price amendments were defeated. The House Appropriations Committee will meet again tomorrow. Americans for the Arts will be sending out information to help us take actions against these proposed cuts. We’ll pass it along. Thanks!