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.

 

What’s Next?

 

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.

 

You can find your representatives here, and your senators here. When you call, be sure to leave your first and last name, your zip code, and your reason for calling.

 

In addition to that, you can send a letter of support through Americans for the Arts, and get involved in local arts advocacy groups (such as Arizona Citizens for the Arts).

 

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:

 

 

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Amanda Mollindo
amanda@aftrart.com

Amanda is an artist, photographer, writer, and digital marketer based in Scottsdale, Arizona. When she can squeeze a few hours of free time out of her week, you can find her with family and friends, or out hiking with her dog, Queenie.

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