Randy Engstrom, the Director of the Office of Arts & Culture, issued the following statement about the proposed 2018 Federal Budget.
The National Endowments for the Arts (NEA) has for 50 years supported cultural organizations, artists and communities nationwide. The 2018 proposed federal budget seeks to eliminate all funds for the NEA, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. This action will have profound economic and social impacts in Seattle and throughout the country.
In In 2017 the Seattle community received $750,000 from the NEA, funding more than 23 organizations of all sizes, including The 5th Avenue Theatre, Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences, Northwest Film Forum, Earshot Jazz to Town Hall.
In addition, Seattle Public Schools received $100,000 per year for the last two years for our arts education initiative, The Creative Advantage, a partnership with the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and the Seattle Foundation.
Our office envisions a city driven by creativity that provides the opportunity for everyone to engage in diverse arts and cultural experiences. The arts provide us with transformational experiences, opportunities to advance racial equity and social justice, and the means to better understand both ourselves and the world around us. We believe continued investment in federal arts funding reinforces the amazing work our arts and culture community produce in our city every day and we will continue to work locally, advancing our values along with the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for another 50 years.
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