NEA Toolkit – #SavetheNEA

On March 16th, the new Trump Administration released their budget proposal to fund the federal government for the coming fiscal year (FY2018). The Trump proposal includes massive budget cuts, including elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities. NEA funding in New Jersey is crucial to our field’s well being. ACT NOW to #SavetheNEA.

Action Steps (as of 3/17/17)

1. Contact your federal elected officials and urge them to reject the proposal to eliminate the NEA:


Use the Americans for the Arts Action Center to contact your representatives NOW.

Prefer to write or call? Click here for contact information for New Jersey’s Congressional Representatives.
Please note: Contact ONLY FEDERAL officials regarding the NEA. US Congress only responds to constituents who live and vote in their district.

2. Make your case:

NEA Funding to New Jersey: What’s at Stake

In FY2016:

The NEA provided $872,100 in Partnership Agreement funds to the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

These NEA funds, in conjunction with state dollars, enabled NJSCA to award 241 grants totaling $15,784,743, as well as provide non-grant services to arts organizations, community groups, schools and artists.

In New Jersey, the NEA made an additional 39 direct grants totaling $1,044,871.

Find rebuttals to inaccurate arguments against the NEA.



Give a curtain speech
Download sample



Learn the facts
Download snapshot fact sheet & map


Write a letter to the editor or op-ed
See example



3. Spread the word to friends and colleagues:

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Post your support. Here are some sample Tweets/Facebook posts:

The arts are important. Join me and help #SavetheNEA! Find out how at

Each $1 in #NEA grant funds leverages $9 from other public & private sources, resulting in $500 million. #SavetheNEA

Each day, 4.8 million Americans go to work in Arts and Culture industries. I’m one of them. Learn more: #SavetheNEA

Make your voice heard. #TheArtsMatter #SavetheNEA

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” -Pablo Picasso  #SavetheArts #SavetheNEA

In #NJ, more than 20,000  arts-related business employ 75,000 people. I’m one of them. #SavetheArts #SavetheNEA

“Creativity takes courage.”―Henri Matisse. Join me and let’s #SavetheNEA. Learn what you can do:

Download all sample posts


Please reach out to us if you have any questions. Your main contacts are Ann Marie Miller and Stephanie Carr.

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