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The Atlanta Arts
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National Arts and Humanities Month
Encouraging Summer and After-School Prevention Programs
Federal Funding for the ARts, Humanitites and Museums
Supporting the NEA's Challenge America Initiative
50th Anniversary of the Local Arts Agencies Movement
Full Funding of Land and Water Conservation Fund and UPARR Programs

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SUPPORTING THE NEA'S CHALLENGE AMERICA INITIATIVE

WHEREAS, the United States Conference of Mayors supports the National Endowment for the Arts’ efforts to make the arts accessible to all Americans throughout the nation and to build a strong cultural infrastructure for public support of the arts at the federal, state and local levels; and

WHEREAS, the President and the National Endowment for the Arts have proposed a major new initiative entitled CHALLENGE AMERICA for the FY 2000 budget, which would target $50 million in new resources, if fully funded by Congress; and

WHEREAS, CHALLENGE AMERICA would accomplish two broad purposes: 1.) to engage arts organizations, the American people, and communities in placing the arts at the center of community and family life and 2.) to foster development of new cultural initiatives and programs in previously underserved area; and

WHEREAS, CHALLENGE AMERICA is an opportunity to strengthen America’s communities through the unique power of the arts. Organizations and individuals from the public, private and nonprofit sectors – arts organizations and artists, state and regional arts agencies, local arts groups, businesses, teachers, and schools – will be encouraged to generate innovative ideas for new arts programs. For more than 30 years, the Endowment has helped build a network and infrastructure which bring the arts to the center of community life. As the millennium approaches, CHALLENGE AMERICA would refocus new resources to expand the reach and impact of Endowment initiatives, a crucial part of the agency’s mission; and

WHEREAS, CHALLENGE AMERICA funds would be distributed in four distinct ways: 1.) An estimated 1,000 communities nationwide would receive small- to medium-sized arts project grants through a streamlined, user-friendly review process assisting under-represented areas of the country, 2.) Approximately 150 arts communities nationwide would receive large grants for comprehensive, community-based projects, 3.) Between 10 and 20 National Initiatives would receive funding. These projects would be developed in partnership by national organizations and other federal agencies, and 4.) State Arts Agencies would receive 40 percent of Challenge America grant funds – further upholding the Endowment’s congressional mandate to support arts activities in every state,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the United States Conference of Mayors endorses the National Endowment for the Arts’ CHALLENGE AMERICA initiative and urges Congress to fully fund this program in the FY 2000 appropriations.

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