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City Council Votes to Increase Funding to the Arts in the District of Columbia

Monday, June 11, 2012

On Tuesday, June 5th, the District of Columbia City Council voted to increase the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ budget for FY 2013 to $11.9 million from the original proposed budget of $5.1 million.

"The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities would like to express our deepest appreciation to Mayor Gray and the City Council for recognizing the significant economic impact the arts have in Washington, DC,” said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “The additional funds will provide much needed support to cultural programs and activities that are integral to making our city a dynamic place to live, work and visit.”

The new budget includes funding from the following sources:

  • $11,090,000 Local Funds
  • $100,000 Special Purpose Revenue Funds
  • $746,000 Federal Grant Funds

There is an additional $2.5 million is the DCCAH proposed budget for National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs funds previously administered by the Fine Arts Commission that is included in President Obama's budget. These funds have yet to be approved.