LPTW Advocacy Action of the Month: Show Your Support for the NEA

As promised in the President’s “skinny budget” released in March, the Administration’s detailed budget proposal released today begins the process of shutting down the National Endowment for the Arts. To that end, the Administration’s FY18 budget would reduce funding for the agency from the current $150 million to $29 million.

In order to preserve and protect the NEA, your elected officials need to hear from you.

They need to know that you, their constituents, support a federal role for the arts and that you oppose the President’s proposed
elimination of the NEA.

Below is a sample letter you can use to contact to your congressperson:

We urge Congress to continue bipartisan support with a budget of $155 million for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in the FY 2018 Interior Appropriations Bill in order to preserve access to the cultural, educational and economic benefits of the arts and to advance creativity and innovation in communities across the United States.

The NEA is America’s chief supporter of the arts and celebrates the arts as a national priority. The arts have the power to transport audiences, unite communities, promote empathy and understanding, and humanize difference.

The NEA’s current budget is $148 million – just 0.0004 percent of the federal budget and 47 cents per capita. The Bureau of Economic Analysis calculated the arts and culture sector’s contributions to the gross domestic product, which amounts to an impressive $729 billion.

The NEA is the only funder in America that supports the arts in 50 states with every congressional district benefiting. Please help keep it that way.  

Thank you! – LPTW Advocacy Committee