Funding Increase Largest For NEA In 28 Years
January 07, 2008WASHINGTON, D.C. — President George W. Bush has signed an omnibus
appropriations bill for FY 2008 that includes $144.7 million for the
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This represents an increase of $20.1
million over the 2007 funding level of $124.562 million.
It is the largest dollar increase in the NEA appropriation since 1979 and
will allow the agency to devote more funds to direct grants to arts
organizations and to extend the reach of the agency's National Initiatives
that support touring and arts education in theater, music, dance,
literature, and the visual arts. The highest level of the NEA's
appropriation was $175.9 million in FY 1992. The new appropriation raises
the NEA to its highest level in 13 years.
NEA Chairman Dana Gioia said, "The strong bipartisan support of Congress
and the Administration for the NEA demonstrates the value of the agency's
programs. This budget will afford us even greater opportunities to bring
excellent art and arts education to all Americans through direct grants,
which now extend to every community, and through our National Initiatives
such as 'American Masterpieces,' 'The Big Read,' 'Poetry Out Loud,' and
'Shakespeare in American Communities.' The National Initiatives have reached
more than 20 million students throughout the country. More theatre, more
music, more dance, more literature, more visual arts, and more arts
education will now be available to more Americans."
For more details, go to www.nea.gov/news/news07/Budget2008.html