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Advocacy Update: What the federal government shutdown means for the arts

The 116th Congress began on Jan. 13, and with many new members now in office there is plenty of opportunity and reason to get in touch with your representatives. APAP's advocacy partner, Performing Arts Alliance (PAA) recently put together a list of critical arts matters related to the government shutdown (see below). Read the latest PAA newsletter for more information.

  • National Endowment for the Arts: Due to the expiration of the stopgap funding and subsequent partial shutdown of the government, operations at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) are suspended until FY2019 funding for the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies passes.
  • Visa Processing and Tax Procedures for International Artists: U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) remains open since most of the agency's services are funded by fees. USCIS will continue to accept and process visa applications, though petitioners are always reminded to keep an eye on processing times. APAP member Brian Taylor Goldstein and Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert Lynch recently spoke to NPR about how the shutdown impacts the arts.
  • Permits for International Travel with Protected Species Instruments: If you or your organization already holds a CITES permit to support a tour, that permit can be put to use, but new ones will not be issued during the shutdown.&