Support Funding of the National Endowment for the Arts

Hopestone photography Simon Gentry 

Hopestone photography Simon Gentry 

Do you think ART is important? It inspires, it creates mindfulness, it cultivates critical problem solvers and it allows us to see the world through different lenses. We are all creative beings and without funding for NEA beautiful voices will go unheard. SUPPORT FUNDING FOR THE NEA!

As we all know by now the President's proposed budget calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as many other vital federal agencies. The NEA provides nationwide grants that reach every congressional district, as well as funding to regional arts organizations and states and local arts agencies. The NEA does all of this, and only represents .004% of the federal budget.

The proposed budget is only the first step in the annual appropriations cycle. It is followed by recommendations by House and Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittees and then full Appropriations Committee actions. The full House and Senate then pass spending bills, which must be reconciled with each other before being sent to the President for his signature. The budget will most likely not be finalized until May so between now and then we need to continue to make our case for continued funding of the NEA and other agencies and recruit other arts advocates to join our efforts.

We as artists must speak the loudest during this time when our field is being challenged. The time to act is now.

What you can do:
Contact your elected officials via phone, email, nail mail and social media, and s well as their staff o communicate the value the arts. Share specific stories with them bout your work and its impact, as well as the arts in general.

Call the White House and state your opposition to the elimination of the NEA: 202-456-1111.

If you have questions or are unclear about what a 501(c)(3) nonprofit can do to speak up about arts issues, please see these "Advocacy 101" tips.

Schedule in-person meetings with your elected officials when they are in their local district offices. Introduce them to your work and ask for their support for the arts.

Learn more about the impact of the NE.

Inform your audiences, through a reshow speec, program insert, class announcement, social media posts and emails, of the possible elimination of funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Sample Statement: Thank you all for coming to this performance. We appreciate your support. You may not be aware of the fact the president's current budget includes complete elimination for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. If you care about arts education and the future of arts and culture in our country, please contact your representatives and elected officials to express your strong support for the Arts and Humanities and their importance in all our lives.