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:
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
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.
Give a curtain speech
Learn the facts
Download snapshot fact sheet & map
Write a letter to the editor or op-ed
3. Spread the word to friends and colleagues:
Share a graphic and link to this toolkit at http://www.artpridenj.com/nea-toolkit/
The arts are important. Join me and help #SavetheNEA! Find out how at http://www.artpridenj.com/nea-toolkit.
Each $1 in #NEA grant funds leverages $9 from other public & private sources, resulting in $500 million. www.artpridenj.com/nea-toolkit #SavetheNEA
Each day, 4.8 million Americans go to work in Arts and Culture industries. I’m one of them. Learn more: www.artpridenj.com/nea-toolkit. #SavetheNEA
Make your voice heard. www.artpridenj.com/nea-toolkit #TheArtsMatter #SavetheNEA
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” -Pablo Picasso www.artpridenj.com/nea-toolkit #SavetheArts #SavetheNEA
In #NJ, more than 20,000 arts-related business employ 75,000 people. I’m one of them. #SavetheArts #SavetheNEA www.artpridenj.com/nea-toolkit
“Creativity takes courage.”―Henri Matisse. Join me and let’s #SavetheNEA. Learn what you can do: www.artpridenj.com/nea-toolkit.