As the new administration takes hold in Washington, DC, there are ways to assure that art remains on the federal policy agenda, and it’s a responsibility we should all be taking very seriously. Here are 3 things you can do right now!
1. ArtPride is assembling the New Jersey delegation for National Arts Advocacy Day on March 20-21, and we need all the Jersey voices we can muster to make sure federal arts funding is safe. Both the US House and Senate will be in session at this time, and you are invited to join other arts advocates from the nation to learn about how art interests are reflected in tax policy, education, transportation and the media. For more information, contact Stephanie Carr at the ArtPride office.
2. A new bill introduced earlier this year, S. 2648, The CREATE Act (Comprehensive Resources for Entrepreneurs to Transform the Economy Act), ensures that artists, galleries, museums and aspiring artistic entrepreneurs across the county can access resources and programs to help grow their businesses and share their artwork with communities. It also supports over 4.1 million jobs and $135 billion of annual economic activity. National Arts Advocacy Day gives us an opportunity to discuss this bill in depth with New Jersey representatives.
3. The Arts Action Fund has developed a nationwide petition to President-Elect Trump to support the arts by taking specific pro-arts actions within his Administration. Please sign this petition and get 5 of your friends to do the same. The Arts Action Fund will keep this petition open for a month and then deliver it to the President-Elect.