Wyoming Arts Council

A Letter from the Wyoming Arts Council Regarding the Future of Federal Funding for the Arts

On March 16, 2017, the White House released a budget blueprint for Fiscal Year 2018. This proposal calls for reductions to a range of government programs, including the elimination of federal support for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

It is important to remember that the legislative branch ultimately decides how to allocate federal funds. This is not the final word; this is the beginning of a conversation. The budget process will likely last well into late summer/early fall.

As a state agency, the Wyoming Arts Council does not design or coordinate advocacy efforts. However, part of the Arts Council’s mission is to ensure that constituents are informed about the impact of the arts in every community across the state. We invite you to look to us as a resource for information and continue to engage us as a connector. Please feel free to visit our website for information about the value of the arts and the reach of both state and federal funding of the arts.

Should you be interested in advocacy efforts at the state and national level, we suggest you connect with the Wyoming Arts Alliance, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, and Americans for the Arts.

Please continue to apply for open grant applications from the National Endowment for the Arts, Wyoming Arts Council, and the Western States Arts Federation. The proposed budget will not influence any open application deadlines.

We invite you to welcome this situation as an opportunity to articulate the impact the arts have had on your life and in your community. We encourage you to actively engage in this process by which our nation proclaims its values and vision.

During this time, please know that the Arts Council staff will continue our work to ensure the arts are a driving force in building a stronger Wyoming.

Thank you for all you do to support the arts in Wyoming.


Michael Lange
Executive Director
Wyoming Arts Council

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