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.

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10 Ways Artists Can Take Action to Create Change

If there’s one good thing that’s come from the elections, it’s this:

 

We’re all awake now.

 

And we know that it’s time for things to change.

 

Complacency isn’t an option. We can’t get comfortable, no matter what our social status, gender, skin color, or income can provide.

 

But even though we’ve begun to recognize even more faults in our society that need to be reconciled, it’s difficult to figure out what should happen next.

 

For the last week I’ve been trying to think of ways individuals can create change, either with art or otherwise. So I’ve pulled together a list of 10 ways artists can take action.

 

If you’re like me and want to find ways to use your creativity to make a difference, I hope this helps inspire you to get started!

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Artists: A Call to Arms

I wanted to keep politics out of this.

 

But I think we can all agree, with tonight’s results from the 2016 US elections, that’s just not possible.

 

I’m scared…I’m scared for the things I love and the people I love. I’m worried about what’s going to happen to all that we’ve accomplished. For my rights and yours. For republicans and democrats alike. For everyone outside and inside the system.