NEA Toolkit – #SavetheNEA

On 3/28 the White House issued a list of proposed budget reductions for the current federal fiscal year (FY2017) to accommodate increased national security spending. The White House’s list of suggested cuts includes a $15 million reduction in National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant funding for FY2017.

Any cuts to the NEA’s remaining FY2017 grants budget would have an acute impact on state arts agencies. State Partnership Agreement awards are determined in the spring, with award start dates typically beginning in July.

Remember that Congress – not the President – holds ultimate authority over the federal budget. Your outreach to Congress will help to keep the NEA FY2017 budget intact in the days ahead.

Action Steps (as of 3/29/17)

1. Contact your federal elected officials and urge them to sustain the NEA at its current funding level $148 million) for the remainder of FY2017 AND to reject the proposal to eliminate the NEA in FY2018:


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
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Learn the facts
Download snapshot fact sheet & map


Write a letter to the editor or op-ed
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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

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

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