Today it is clear that earlier rumors regarding the new federal budget are now factual. The FY2018 budget proposed by the President eliminates funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Many other domestic programs are also scheduled for severe cuts to allow for increased national defense spending.
It is critical to contact your federal representatives and ask for their support.
This is not just about the arts. This is about access, creativity, equity, community, history, and heritage. That means it’s about everyone in this country, and everyone should care and speak up loudly. Your voice is important now and throughout the long budget process.
As Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ Dist. 7, Co-Chair of Congressional Arts & Congressional Humanities Caucuses) just stated, “A budget document is merely a blueprint…I will be working as hard as I can, internally and publicly, to make sure these programs are funded. All of my peers have arts venues in their districts. This affects all states and all congressional districts.”
ArtPride NJ will lead advocacy for federal investment in the arts and culture with our national partner, Americans for the Arts. We will continue to update you as we learn more throughout the budget process.
- Please visit ArtPride NJ’s home page and online NEA toolkit for ways you can advocate through direct contact with elected officials and via social media.
- Be sure you are signed up for ArtPride’s action alerts and as a free member of the national Arts Action Fund.
Thank you for supporting the arts as an important part of life in our state and nation. Remember that federal funding helps make art available and affordable for ALL US citizens.