Vol 2, 2008

Giving Voice to the Arts
In The News

Washington Post
In a February 5, 2008, Washington Post article on President Bush’s proposed FY 2009 budget, Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch expressed disappointment in proposed cuts for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). “President Bush has proposed a senseless $16.3 million cut,” said Lynch. “After three years of incremental funding growth, we are sorry to see an attempt at this progress erased.”

The New York Times
On February 6, 2008, a New York Times article outlined proposed cuts to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the NEA in President Bush’s FY 2009 budget. The article specifically highlighted Americans for the Arts’ request to Congress to restore the NEA to its 1992 funding level of $176 million.

Associated Press
The Associated Press (AP) ran several articles about Arts Advocacy Day (April 1, 2008) highlighting testimony by actor Robert Redford, musician John Legend, and actress Kerry Washington in support of increased funding for the NEA. Many newspapers picked up the AP story, resulting in positive coverage across the country.

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In This Issue
Presidential Candidates Speak Out for the Arts
Congressional Hearing Draws Crowds in Support of the Arts
Arts Advocacy Day Highlights
In The News
Shaping Federal Arts Policy
Improving Visa Process for Foreign Guest Artists
Arts Luncheon Draws Key Congressional Leaders
Sen. Patrick Leahy Receives Award for Congressional Arts Leadership
Supporting Arts Advocacy in States and Cities
Spiral Jetty Sculpture Protected from Oil Drilling in Utah
Arts Leaders Fight Cuts in State and Local Arts Budgets
PAC Update
Fundraising Update
Upcoming Events
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