The Actors’ Equity Association released the following statement from union president Kate Shindle on the need for Congress to pass an appropriations bill with funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The current continuing resolution that funds the government expires on February 18.
“Our industry remains in a state of emergency. Congress should use this moment to approve funding for the National Endowment for the Arts in the amount of $201 million. Every penny of investment in local arts institutions is crucial to rebuilding economies across the country, as thousands of nearby small businesses also rely on the success of live shows for their own survival.Equity remains committed to our goal of funding NEA at $331, or $1 per capita.
Background: Equity has long made public funding of the arts a cornerstone of union advocacy. Last June, the union, which participates in Advocacy Day, celebrated the Biden administration by announcing its proposed NEA budget of $201 million, a significant step toward the $331 million goal.
The union has also called for the appointment of a diversity officer at the NEA.