Today over 500 dedicated arts supporters – from 48 states and including a large New Jersey contingent! - will come together in Washington, DC for the 28th annual Arts Advocacy Day: The National Arts Action Summit, the only national event that brings together a broad cross section of America’s cultural and civic organizations. These arts advocates represent a united effort to tell Capitol Hill how important the arts are to our communities, how much arts education means to our children, and how the arts improve our daily lives. Over 85 national cosponsoring organizations have helped us shape this united arts message to Congress.
Over the course of two days, arts advocates will be joined by acclaimed artists to share this message on Capitol Hill and to make the case for the arts. We’ll be asking Congress to:
- Support a budget of $155 million for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to preserve citizen access to the cultural, educational, and economic benefits of the arts, creativity and innovation;
- Retain the definition of core academic subjects, including the arts, in education reform;
- Strengthen equitable access to arts learning;
- Increase Arts in Education grant support at the U.S. Department of Education; and
- Preserve tax incentives for charitable giving.
Even if you couldn’t join us in DC this week, you can still help us make the case. Please visit the Arts Action Fund’s E-Advocacy Center to send a customizable message to your New Jersey representatives in Congress to show your support for the hundreds of advocates on Capitol Hill today!