We write today with an advocacy alert.
The White House has revealed its budget proposal for 2019 and it includes a proposed cut of the NEA‘s budget from $150m down to $29m. Other cuts to cultural organizations include the National Endowment of Humanities from $150m down to just $42m, the Institute of Museum and Library Services from $231m to $23m, and public television from $495m to just $15m.
We hope you will join us in advocating for these groups that are able to support so many artists, arts organizations, audiences and students. Americans for the Arts notes, “For over 50 years, the NEA has provided strategic leadership and investment in the arts through its core programs for dance, design, folk and traditional arts, literature, local arts agencies, media arts, multidisciplinary arts, music, theater, visual arts, and others. Thanks to the NEA, arts activity has grown in areas of the nation that were previously underserved or not served at all, especially in rural and inner-city communities.”
We are proud to have been funded by the NEA many times, including this year and count them as among the most significant sources of our support, allowing us to do so much for so many. Join us in advocating for the NEA.