NEWS: Americans for the Arts: Lin-Manuel Miranda Takes Congress by Storm

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Sep 15 (7 days ago)
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Dear Utah,

When playwright and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda and his dad, Luis Miranda, heard that the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities were at 
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Americans for the Arts President and CEO Bob Lynch
risk of being eliminated this year, they contacted Americans for the Arts and the National Humanities Alliance to ask how they can help. They committed two full days to walk the halls of Congress and made contact with more than 30 Members of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate on September 12-13. Exhibiting great bipartisanship throughout, Lin-Manuel also received two deserving awards while he was on Capitol Hill: the 2017 Freedom Award from the US Capitol Historical Society and the 2017 Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Medallion of Excellence. 

The timing of Lin-Manuel’s visit was crucial as the U.S. Senate deliberates on the new FY2018 funding level for the NEA and NEH after the House proposed $145 million for each agency (a $5 million cut from last year).  He urged Senators to consider increasing the funding level to $155 million for each agency. In addition to meeting with 30 Members of Congress, check out the fun he had singing his way through the Capitol subway trains while connecting with Members of Congress and staff. 

Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Ranking Democrat of the Senate full Appropriations Committee Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) greet Lin-Manuel.

Co-chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) welcomes Lin-Manuel to Capitol Hill.  

Chairman of the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA) with Lin-Manuel after a meeting.

Lin-Manuel with co-chair of the Senate Cultural Caucus Senator Susan Collins (R-ME).

Visit the Arts Action Fund Blog for more photos and news about this story.  

Help us thank Lin-Manuel for his advocacy work by sending him a tweet:
Thanks @Lin_Manuel for helping #SAVEtheNEA #SaveTheNEH. Your advocacy on Capitol Hill this wk was invaluable @Americans4Arts @HumanitiesAll
Stay tuned to see how much the U.S. Senate allocates to the NEA and NEH.
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