2018 NALAC Advocacy Priorities

This past April, 13 Fellows participated in the NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute, spending three days on the ground in Washington, D.C. following a two-month virtual curriculum. Below find a list of priorities organized by NALAC. Read more about the 2018 ALI here.

For Congress

Support the Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA):  Our shared cultural heritage is stronger because of the diverse voices of a future generation of DREAMERs who contribute to the vision, innovation and creativity that will propel our country into the future. Thousands of DREAMERS are artists and part of the creative sector contributing to the cultural economy in cities and towns across America.

Support Access to Resources and Stimulate Economic Growth: Support the National Endowment for the Arts with a budget of $160 million in the 2019 budget to preserve citizen access to the arts and to advance our nation’s creativity and innovation. NEA grant programs provide vibrant and diverse arts performances, educational projects, and community building initiatives in every U.S. congressional district and leverage additional resources from private philanthropy and individuals. According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, arts and cultural production contributed $764 billion to the nation’s economy which represents 4.2 percent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP)—a larger share of the economy than transportation, tourism, and agriculture.

Improve Learning for Our Children: Support the Arts in Education (AIE) program at the U.S. Dept. of Education as a distinct grant program to promote professional development for arts educators and advance research based, arts centered models for improving student learning.

Support the CREATE Act: Invest in the country’s workforce and creative economy to recognize artists, entrepreneurs and nonprofit arts organizations as contributors to the small business community and support the arts economy through federal programs.

Support Artists Fair Market Deduction: Allow artist to deduct the fair market value of donated works, as specified in the Artist-Museum Partnership Act.

Restore Charitable Giving Incentives: Enact a universal charitable deduction, so that every tax payer can deduct their donation regardless of whether they itemize their taxes.

Improve the Visa Process for Foreign Guest Artists Visiting Our Nation: Enact the Arts Require Timely Service (ARTS) provision requiring U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to implement reasonable processing times, as required by law, for O and P petitions filed by or for U.S. nonprofit arts organizations.  This provision has strong bipartisan backing and would support arts organizations that engage foreign guest artist in their educational and artistic programs.

For National Endowment for the Arts

Develop outreach policies and practices to increase participation from the Latino arts field and other communities of color to promote equity.

Increase funding for Latino art organizations.

Increase the number of Latino senior management staff at the agency.

Increase the number of Latinos on peer review panels.

Increase support for state and local arts councils.

Develop initiatives that make strategic investments in communities of color.

Feature more Latino artists and organizations in print and digital publications.

For the White House

Reinstate Support for the NEA: Ask the Trump Administration to restore full funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities in the 2019 budget proposal.

Restore Protections for Human Rights: Restore efforts to protect the freedom of 800,000 young people formerly protected under DACA and people seeking asylum from violence and persecution.