NAEA Leaders Attend National Arts Advocacy Day Events March 12-13, 2018

Washington, DC

NAEA President Kim Defibaugh, Past-President Patricia Franklin, President-Elect Thomas Knab, and Policy and Legislative Liaison Kathi R. Levin represented NAEA at National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, DC on Monday, March 12 and Tuesday, March 13. NAEA is a national partner for National Arts Advocacy Day. Kathi Levin helped prepare the Issues Briefs and co-presented the arts education training session for novice advocates. View the Issues Briefs for the primary topics of interest including the NEA (National Endowment for the Arts), Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Arts Education Funding, NEA-NEH Legislative History, and the Higher Education Reauthorization Act. The entire Arts Advocacy Day Handbook can be found here.  

Note that these briefs were written before the release of the President’s budget proposal for FY19 on March 15. While the budget proposal includes elimination of federal support for the NEA, NEH, and CPB, along with other education cuts, Arts Advocacy Day attendees will be advocating for the funding levels indicated in the Issues Briefs. At a meeting of the Congressional Advocacy Group (CAG) on March 8, it was reported that it is looking very positive that Congress will appropriate level funding of the NEA for both FY18 and FY19.

Potential changes to the Higher Education Act are of concern throughout the Higher Education sector. One of the potential changes is to base student loan amounts on potential future earnings. Refer to the Higher Education Act Reauthorization Issues Brief for additional information.  Americans for the Arts prepared this advertisement to appear on Arts Advocacy Day in the newspapers distributed on Capitol Hill (also available under “events” at


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