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Congress Finalizes Budget and Cultural Appropriations for FY 2012

Posted on: Dec 20, 2011

After many months of legislative threats, followed by prolonged inaction and finger pointing, Congress has finalized a deal to fund the FY 2012 federal budget that actually began on October 1, 2011.  The Congressional deal, which prevents a government shutdown and insures funding through September 30, 2012, includes $146.2 million each for the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities, $30.9 million for museums, $24.6 million for arts in education projects, and $455 million forward funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  The House passed the comprised bill last week and the Senate is scheduled to pass the identical bill with the President signing it into law over the weekend.

Considering the fact that we began the year with a pendulum shift in political party control in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Republican Study Committee and newly elected Tea Party officials calling for termination of all funding for each of the cultural agencies and programs cited above, the arts community did a great job in pushing back.  We succeeded in helping nonprofit arts organizations receive the stable funding they need to continue enriching communities across the country with meaningful, vibrant, and engaging programs.

Your voice matters and it makes a difference.

A breakdown of the final FY 2012 appropriations is as follows:

Key Federally Funded Arts Program

FY 2011 Enacted
(in millions)

FY 2012 President's
Budget Request
(in millions)

FY 2012 Enacted
(in millions)*

National Endowment for the Arts




National Endowment for the Humanities




Office of Museum Services (IMLS)




U.S. Dept. of Education's Arts in Education




Corporation for Public Broadcasting


$451 (FY14)

$445 (FY14)

*All programs are subject to a .189% across the board reduction

After the New Year, Congress will begin considering the FY 2013 budget. Join us in Washington, DC for National Arts Advocacy Day 2012 on April 16 - 17, 2012 to let your members of Congress know the arts are important to you and your communities!