Obama’s 2013 budget includes 5% increase in arts spending

Posted on: February 16, 2012

Tuesday (2/14) on the Los Angeles Times blog Culture Monster, Mike Boehm writes, “President Obama’s proposed 2013 budget, released Monday, calls for a 5% increase in spending for three cultural grantmaking agencies and three Washington, D.C., arts institutions. Obama aims to boost outlays from $1.501 billion to $1.576 billion, encompassing the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities (NEA and NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Smithsonian Institution, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Gallery of Art. The arts and humanities endowments each would get a 5.5% boost, to $154.255 million—nearly restoring cuts announced in December. But if Congress approves the president’s proposal for the fiscal year that begins in October 2012, the NEA and NEH will still be well short of the $167.5 million each was set to receive before two separate rounds of cuts instigated by Congressional Republicans during 2011. … Robert Lynch, president of Americans for the Arts, a leading Washington-based arts advocacy group, praised the proposed increase in arts grantmaking: ‘The White House is sending a clear message that it understands the importance of the creative sector to our communities and the economy,’ he said in a written statement.”

Posted February 16, 2012