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Action Needed! Cuts & Terminations for Federal Arts Education and NEA

Dear Arts Advocate:

Yesterday, as the federal government raced to avoid a potential shutdown, both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate passed a stop-gap funding measure for FY 2011 to keep the government operational for another two weeks, while they work on a final appropriations bill for the rest of FY 2011. This legislation makes $4 billion in domestic spending cuts, including a number of federal education programs. Among the programs terminated in this legislation is the $40 million Arts in Education program (AIE) through the U.S. Department of Education which supports model arts education programs and funds VSA and the Kennedy Center arts education program as well.

This termination of the Arts in Education program is alarming, and all the more so because of the drastic cuts the National Endowment for the Arts underwent a few weeks earlier that would reduce its budget by 26%, the largest cut in 16 years!

We need to let Congress know that these cuts and terminations are unacceptable, and they should restore them in the next phase of FY 2011 funding legislation which Congress will attempt to finalize within these next two weeks. Use our customizable E-Advocacy Center message to contact your members of Congress now and let them know that the arts and arts education funding is a priority for you!

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