Dear CultureSource Members,

In an effort to provide you with the most comprehensive and up-to-date information regarding funding for national arts and cultural agencies, we share with you information from Americans for the Arts:

Yesterday, the U.S. House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee released their proposal for funding the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for FY18. After months of speculation, this subcommittee is proposing $145 million in NEA funding for FY18, a $5 million cut from current levels, which would put the agency back to funding levels last seen in 2008.

Although we are disappointed by this proposed cut, we are encouraged that it is not the termination request sought by the Administration.  

Today (July 12th), subcommittee members will be voting to advance this proposal. You can view the subcommittee meeting starting at 3:00pm ET here

CultureSource wants to remind you that this process will continue throughout the summer and that this is not, by any means, the final funding decision. Attend our Meet and Greet with local elected officials on August 9th to share with them in-person why they should support the arts and culture sector in Southeast Michigan; sign up for advocacy action alerts from Creative Many; and engage your constituents with messaging about the benefits created by your own organizations throughout the community on a daily basis.

Finally, we are pleased to announce that the Fall Guide to Arts & Culture in Crain's Detroit Business is back on September 18th. This shows a continued commitment to sharing news from our sector and expanding audiences for all of our organizations. Stay tuned for information about how to participate and advertising opportunities.

The CultureSource Team