Thursday, July 13, 2017

NEA funding for 2018

Today, the U.S. House Interior Appropriations Committee advanced a bill to provide funding for our nation’s natural and cultural resources, proposing $145 million to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for FY2018. This is a $5 million cut from current levels and $10 million less than the request supported by a record number of members of Congress this year.

The good news is that this proposal counters and fully rejects the Administration’s call for termination of our nation’s cultural agencies that arts advocates have been fighting against since March when the Administration budget proposal was initially released.

This subcommittee action is even more relevant since this is the first authoritative step from Congress in this year’s funding cycle. It is a clear endorsement acknowledging the importance of the work of our nation’s cultural agencies. But there is still more to come.
Interior Subcommittee Members met today to advance a bill to the full Appropriations Committee for FY 2018

Next week, the full House Appropriations committee will likely meet to consider the bill. Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) stated in today's meeting that he "strongly supports" the NEA and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  

Following the House appropriations process, the Senate Appropriations committee may advance their own proposal this fall. Funding for key arts education programs, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) are being considered in a separate appropriations bill. Track all of this with us in our Arts Mobilization Center.

Take two minutes now to urge your congressional delegation to pass a budget that invests in our nation and supports access to the arts in America for all. Thank you for taking action.
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Faced with a smaller overall allocation, the House appropriations subcommittee is proposing a 2.5 percent cut overall in its bill, with some agencies, like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeing more severe cuts. The NEA and NEH would be cut 3.3 percent under the current proposal to a level not seen since 2008.  Due to these cuts and other policy disagreements, the subcommittee Democrats voiced their opposition to the bill.

This proposal falls short of support for important environmental and cultural resources programs. It would reverse the past two-year trend of increases to our nation’s cultural agencies that have supported the expansion of the NEA’s Creative Forces program, which increases access to therapeutic arts activities in local communities for military members, veterans, and their families. These sites, located mostly at military bases in 10 states, have begun launching their programs this year.  The Creative Forces initiative could be in jeopardy due to the proposed $5 million cut to the NEA.  

Take two minutes to write to your member of Congress. We know members have been hearing from you. And, it is making a difference. Our grassroots advocacy this year has seen an all-time high with over 170,000 messages sent to Congress. Messages have been sent to all U.S. House and U.S. Senate offices. Thank you for helping to take that action and make that impact.

Want to do more? Help us continue this important work by also becoming an official member of the Arts Action Fund. If you are not already a member, play your part by joining the Arts Action Fund today - it's free and easy to join.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Captial Arts Trivia Night this March 30th

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (March 19, 2017)-Capital Arts of Jefferson City is proud to present "Test Your Smarts with Capital Arts" this Thursday evening on March 30th starting at 6pm and ending at 9pm. The event will be held at Avenue HQ which is located at 621 East Capitol avenue right next to the old Missouri Pennitentiary.

The cost per person is $25. Each table will have eight members. You or your organization have the ability to get an entire table for $200 or go premium for $300.

The event includes a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, mulligans, light snacks, and alcohol. You may bring additional snacks if you wish.

All proceeds from this fundraiser will go to Capital Arts. Capital Arts has been serving the Cole County area for eight years now with gallery exhibitions of local and statewide talent in visual arts. Capital Arts also offers a variety of classes for all ages and levels of skill.

For more information about this event please contact Leann Porrello at 573-635-8355 or email her at


The following are sponsors of this event:

Avenue HQ:

Samuels Tuxedo:

American Shoe Company:


Downtown Book and Toy:

Sawadee Thai Cuisine:


J Pfenny's Sports Grill & Pub:

NH Scheppers Distribution:

Friday, November 25, 2016

Steven Wilson: NAMI Advocate Fall issue 2016

Here are a few pics of the article.  I am happy to be a board member and an advocate for consumers around the country.  I express my illness and recovery process through my art. 


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Boone County Art Show in Columbia

 Dear Artist and Art lovers,

The 57th annual Boone County Art Show will be returning to the ground floor of Central Bank of Boone County on October 15th and 16th.

For artists wanting to submit a work for the show, here's the link to the entry form. Entry forms can be emailed, mailed, or handed in, but must be at CAL by 5pm on Saturday October 1st. You can either print the form out and complete it by hand, or fill it out digitally and email it back to

If you're new to the party and not sure what to expect - expect an incredible collection of around 180 artworks. And expect to want to buy at least one!

For those of you who know it well, remember how the work you wanted last time was already sold by the time you got there? Avoid the red dot sadness, and come early!

Or, even better, support CAL and come along to the Sneak Peek fundraiser the night before, on Friday 14th from 8-10pm. Tickets cost $25 per person and include wine, a dessert table, live music, a chance to get your red dot on an artwork early!
Be there!!

CelebARTY Live Auction in Jefferson City

CelebARTy: Live Art Auction

Join us for Capital Arts CelebARTy Live Art Auction!

Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 6:00pm

Avenue HQ
621 Capitol Avenue in Jefferson City

This unique #JCMO event will feature original artwork by local "celebrities" (often with the help of a bona fide area artist)! Come bid on some amazing artwork, meet the local celebrities and artists, enjoy a full dinner and drinks, and support Capital Arts.

$35 per ticket or $350 for reserved table of 8

Time: 6:00-9:00 pm

Location: Avenue HQ, 621 E Capitol Ave

Cost: $35 per ticket or $350 for reserved table of 8

Contact: Leann Porrello

Capital Arts
1203 Missouri Blvd.
Jefferson City, MO 65109