Frederick Arts Council Statement in support of the National Endowment of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities

March 27, 2017

The federal FY18 budget as currently presented would eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).


NEA funding has recently supported arts programs and organizations in Frederick such as the Frederick Arts Council’s Festival and has the potential to support additional innovative projects in our area. A percentage of the Maryland State Arts Council’s funding, which provides bedrock support to the Frederick Arts Council, its grantees, and several other local arts organizations, is also allocated from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Support from the NEA has significant  impact on small to midsize arts organizations that are  making huge differences in their communities, providing a transformative impact in communities such as Frederick. While the amount is a relatively small proportion of the federal spending, the impact the NEA and NEH have on organizing principals of equity and access to the arts are beacons for arts councils and their members everywhere.


It is important to remember that the arts have benefited from bipartisan support for many decades. Leaders from all sides of the aisles can be engaged in supporting, preserving and even increasing our country’s investment in culture and the arts.


To learn more visit Americans for the Arts Action Center.