Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch testified today before the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee along with Master Gunnery Sergeant Chris Stowe, USMC Ret. They urged the subcommittee to increase funding for the National Endowment for the Arts to no less than $167.5 million for FY 2020 and focused their testimony on the NEA’s Creative Forces program, which is managed by Americans for the Arts at 11 military hospitals and centers across the country.
Lynch will lead Americans for the Arts and more than 85 national partners at next week’s National Arts Action Summit, which includes Arts Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. More than 400 arts advocates from 46 states will convene in Washington, DC, to receive crucial advocacy training from experts in the field on March 4, and then put that training into practice at meetings with their elected representatives on March 5, making the same ask for $167.5 million for the NEA in FY 2020. Registration for the Summit will be available in person at the Grand Hyatt Washington beginning at 8:00 am on Monday, March 4.
This was the first public witness hearing dedicated to non-tribal programs held by the U.S. House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee since 2015.