Friday (6/26) on the Los Angeles Times blog Culture Monster, Mike Boehm reports, “The House of Representatives today approved $170-million budgets for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2010: a 9.7% increase for each over their current $155 million. The vote was 254 to 173 for the Department of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies budget bill, which includes the two cultural grant-making agencies. … The issue now: the Senate Appropriations Committee’s budget proposal for the cultural agencies calls for $161.3 million each (President Obama’s budget proposal included $161.3 million for the NEA and $171.3 million for the NEH). So Americans for the Arts, the nonprofit advocacy group that helped lead the charge on Capitol Hill to convince senators that $50 million for arts jobs would have an economically stimulative effect, is again calling on arts lovers to send a message, this time for the $170-million operating budgets.”

Posted June 30, 2009