The National Endowment of the Arts: Why It Matters & How to Protect It
I’m sure you’ve heard, but the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities, along with other useful government agencies might be eliminated from the federal budget.
This isn’t the first time, and if these programs survive the current administration’s budget cuts, I’m sure it won’t be the last…
Federally funded or not, the arts will always survive. It might get more difficult for artists and organizations to sustain themselves, but we’ll persist.
However here’s the thing that really breaks my heart: many of those that oppose the NEA are saying that art is “elitist”; it’s something that only the wealthy get to enjoy. And by taking a mere $0.46 from each American taxpayer and putting that money towards art and culture means that we’re just funding pastimes for the rich.
But really, funding the NEA and other agencies that promote the humanities and culture does the exact opposite. These agencies help arts communities all across the country to flourish. By allocating just .004% of the federal budget to the arts, the NEA helps bring art to those that need it most.
The good news is, there are lots of influential people on our side. But your voice, in particular, matters.
Please call your senators and representatives to let them know you support the continued funding of the NEA, NEH, and any other federal agency you care about.
Links & Resources
If you’d like to learn more about some of the information I shared in this video, check out some of the resources below:
- A website dedicated to all of the art the NEA helped fund
- An article from January about the Trump Administration’s budget cuts (CNN)
- The NEA’s “About Us” and “Serving our Nation Through the Arts” videos
- Americans for the Arts’ 2016 Arts Advocacy Day Document
- “Do Grands from the NEA Represent a Wealth Transfer from Poorer to Wealthier Citizens?” (SMU National Center for Arts Research)
- “Why we Still Need to Support the NEA” (Chicago Tribune)
- “Here’s why ‘Jobs President’ Donald Trump Needs the Arts” (Artsy.net)
- Opposing viewpoint: “Ten Good Reasons to Eliminate Funding for the NEA” (Heritage Foundation)
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