Dear Friends and Colleagues:
As I'm sure you know, The White House released its proposed budget to Congress, officially recommending full termination of funding of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) for FY2018. This is the first American President in history to propose zeroing out all funding for the nation’s federal cultural agencies.
Eliminating the NEA would be a devastating blow to the arts in America. For more than 50 years, the NEA has expanded access to the arts for all Americans, awarding grants in every Congressional district throughout all 50 states and U.S. Territories. The NEA is also an economic powerhouse, generating more than $600 million annually in additional matching funds and helping to shape a $730 billion arts and culture industry that represents 4.2% of the nation’s GDP and supports 4.8 million jobs.
ArtPride NJ will lead advocacy efforts to support continued federal investment in the arts and culture in partnership with Americans for the Arts. I and more than 40 other cultural representatives from New Jersey are joining ArtPride for Arts Advocacy Day in Washington today and tomorrow. You will receive updates as we learn more through the budget process.
Here are some actions you can take right now:
- Please visit ArtPride NJ’s home page and online NEA toolkit for ways you can advocate through direct contact with elected officials and via social media.
- Sign up for ArtPride’s action alerts and take out a free membership with the national Arts Action Fund.
- It is critical to take two minutes to call or send a customizable message to your elected representatives in Congress and urge them to oppose any attempt to eliminate or cut funding to the NEA.
- Post on Facebook and Twitter to help rally national support to save the NEA. There is strength in numbers and your social media friends can help.
- Show the world you support the NEA by changing your social media profile images.
- Share this news and action steps with colleagues and friends.
New Jersey Theatre Alliance