Statement on Proposed NEA Elimination

March 16, 2017
For Immediate Release
Contact: Lisa Levy,, 212-239-7814


Proposed Elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts
Will Harm Arts Education in Schools and Students In New York and Across the Nation


On March 16, 2017, in his first federal budget, President Donald Trump proposed complete elimination of funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

The Center for Arts Education’s Board of Directors and staff recommend that the President and Congress support arts, culture, and heritage activities, and arts education by continuing to fund the National Endowment for the Arts, NEA, in both the FY17 and FY18 budgets. Elimination of this agency undermines good governance goals related to education, economic prosperity, health and human safety, and successful international diplomacy and tourism efforts.

The NEA was started in 1965 during President Johnson’s administration with the goal of, “supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education.” The NEA’s current budget is $147 million, a small fraction of the $3.65 trillion federal budget.

The fiscal impact in New York City will be significant: non-profit arts, culture and heritage organizations received $14.5 million in NEA funding in fiscal year 2016. As presented in a report released last week by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, between 2000-2016, $20+ million was granted by the NEA to support arts education in New York City.

CAE is a proud, long time grantee of the NEA and in 2016 received $10,000 to support school based residencies for students in Title 1 schools. CAE works with New York City public students and their families, many of whom live below the poverty line, are students of color, and include large populations of English Language Learners.



The Center for Arts Education is dedicated to ensuring that New York City public school students have quality arts learning as an essential part of their K-12 education. CAE works toward this goal through direct service programs in schools; professional development for school leaders, classroom teachers and teaching artists; and active advocacy and public engagement to inform and influence educational and fiscal policies. Visit for more information.