Arts funding increased in FY17 spending bill, but we still need to act! By | May 03, 2017 Last week House and Senate appropriators announced an FY17 omnibus spending bill that includes increased funding for the arts. This is encouraging news in light of the president's proposed cut to the National Endowment for the Arts for the rest of FY17 and proposed elimination of the NEA in FY18. This first victory means that our collective actions are working, but our work isn’t done. We must continue to fight for the future of the arts. Here are some steps you can take: Stay vigilant of the FY18 appropriations bill. Call or send a letter to your representative. Schedule a meeting or attend a town hall during recess. Register for our free monthly webinar on May 18, 3 p.m. (EDT) for an arts advocacy update. Visit APAP’s advocacy partner Performing Arts Alliance's (PAA) Arts Advocacy Toolkit for more information.