NEA Arts Magazine

Chairman Testifies on Budget

On March 29, 2006, Chairman Gioia testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies in support of President Bush's FY 2007 $124,412,000 budget request for the agency. Chairman Gioia reported on the success of Arts Endowment programs, including ongoing initiatives such as Shakespeare in American Communities and Poetry Out Loud.

Challenge America: Reaching Every Community was cited as one of the agency's most successful grant programs. Chairman Gioia reported, "In 2006 we will again achieve our goal of reaching every community in the United States - with many grants once again going to organizations that have never before received Endowment support."

The FY 07 budget includes $44,904,000 for direct grants, $29,964,000 for state and regional partnerships, and $14,097,000 for Challenge America. Nearly $10 million is earmarked for American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius, a touring program that combines local presentations of the best of America's creative legacy in all artistic genres with educational programming. The House also has approved a $5 million increase to the Arts Endowment budget.