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posted by CAA — Jul 03, 2019

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Capitol Building, Arts Advocacy Day 2019. Photo: Joelle Te Paske

US House Passes Funding Bills with Increased Spending for the NEA and NEH

Great news for arts advocacy! On June 25th, the US House rejected the Trump administration’s budget request to eliminate both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities by approving $167.5 million in funding for fiscal year 2020. This is an increase for both agencies of $12.5 million over the 2019 funding level of $155 million. The funding increase matches the 2019 Arts Advocacy Day ask, which CAA participated in. The Senate vote will follow after the July 4th recess. (The Hill)

One Museum’s Complicated Attempt to Repatriate a “Benin Bronze”

The RISD Museum has held a Benin bronze head in its collection for 80 years. “No one would have given it up unless under duress,” the curators say. But tracing its provenance and repatriating is no simple matter. (Hyperallergic)

Art Collector Agnes Gund Signs Letter in Support of Wealth Tax

Agnes Gund is one of 19 multimillionaires and billionaires calling for a wealth tax on the “fortunes of the richest one-tenth of the richest 1 percent of Americans—on us.” (ARTnews)

British Doctors May Soon Prescribe Art, Music, Dance, Singing Lessons

“Social prescribing” will enable doctors in the UK to prescribe therapeutic art-based treatments. (Smithsonian)

Ten Proposals for a More Ethical Art History: An Undergraduate Perspective

“Higher education institutions seem to spend a lot of time talking about students, talking to students, asking things of students, but not necessarily talking with or listening to students.” (Material Collective)

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