Margaret Supports Protection of the Arts, Humanities, and Libraries Funding

Thank you to Ranking Member Betty McCollum for her leadership in helping preserve funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities by defeating the Grothman Amendment in the Interior Appropriations bill last week. I will work alongside Rep. McCollum in Congress to protect the arts and humanities from future attacks.

Arts are the backbone of our vibrant 5th Congressional District. We are home to world-class museums and theaters, the Minnesota Orchestra, small artist communities, individual makers, and hundreds of cultural and heritage organizations.  It’s this expansive artistic ecosystem that makes the 5th district such an exciting place to live, work and play.

 Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Past President of the Textile Center with Artist Scotty Gillette

Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Past President of the Textile Center with Artist Scotty Gillette

As a freshman in the Minnesota legislature, I led the efforts to override Governor Ventura’s veto for funding of critical art projects including the redevelopment of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and the Commonweal Theater in Lanesboro. As Speaker of the Minnesota House, I built a successful coalition across party lines to make sure arts, arts education and arts access were protected and funded through Minnesota’s Legacy Amendment. Since 2010, the Legacy Amendment has directly invested more than $200 million to Minnesota artists and arts organizations. Most recently, as President of the Board of the Textile Center, I have deepened my understanding of art’s power to create and unite the community and empower individuals and the communities where they live.  Personally, I am a textile artist and have been a past winner of a Loft Literary Center mentorship in creative nonfiction.

It is an exciting time for artists in our district but it is also a challenging one. In Congress, I will fight to expand access to affordable housing for all, including artists; grow transit and multimodal options in our region, and protect and increase funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute for Museums and Library Services, so that artists can continue to flourish here at home.