Support Federal Funding for Arts Education

Write your legislators TODAY

Congress is at an impasse struggling to reach a 2024 budget agreement by the end of this month, with 12 separate appropriations, including in education, needing approval.

As a strong supporter of arts education, the ARE campaign is asking you to reach out to your member of Congress today, asking them to support federal funding for arts education in 2024. Here’s why:

  • In June of 2023, the House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee approved its funding bill for fiscal year 2024, which includes major cuts to education programs. The bill would:

  • provide the U.S. Department of Education with $57.1 billion in discretionary funding, which is a $22.5 billion (28%) decrease below FY23 funding and falls $33 billion short of the President’s request.

  • This is the lowest funding amount allocated to ED since 2006 and will have devastating impacts throughout America’s education system, if enacted.

These cuts would inevitably impact equitable access to arts education, especially in underserved districts least able to absorb such funding loss. To avoid the potential impact of slashing ED’s budget by more than ¼, we need you, arts education advocates, to rally together and show your support for these vital programs.

You can write your representative in Congress through ARE’s direct outreach letter here.

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