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Americans for the Arts Ads on Capitol Hill: The NEA Supports America

To kick off National Arts Advocacy Day on Tuesday, March 21, Americans for the Arts sent a message in three frequently read newspapers to legislators and staffers on Capitol Hill about the importance of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ben Folds Posts Plea for NEA on Facebook

The acclaimed singer/songwriter argues the importance of the NEA from the perspective of a small businessperson.

Robert Redford: “The NEA Must Survive – And Thrive”

The Hollywood icon makes the case for the National Endowment for the Arts, now under threat of elimination by the Trump Administration.

Record Numbers Gather for Arts Advocacy Day 2017

Over 700 arts advocates gathered in Washington DC for Arts Advocacy Day – a record-breaking crowd for the annual event.

Trump to Eliminate NEA

The White House released its proposed budget to Congress today, officially recommending full termination of funding of both the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for FY2018.

Making Your Case To #SaveTheNEA

Resources and tools to help you be the best arts advocate possible.

USA Today: 10 Great Cultural Works That Wouldn’t Have Happened Without The NEA

The Color Purple, Rent, and Sesame Street are just some of the cultural treasures for which we can thank the National Endowment of the Arts.

Trump Recommends Eliminating Major Federal Cultural Agencies

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), and Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) would all be terminated under the current White House budget proposal.

Art, Jobs, Trump- Americans for the Arts Action Fund

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According to The New York Times, “the White House budget office has drafted a hit list of programs that President Trump could eliminate to trim domestic spending, including longstanding conservative targets like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Legal Services Corporation, AmeriCorps and the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities.”

Because this is not an official White House position yet, you can still help us get a message to President Trump to say NO to these staff recommendations. Please sign our petition and stay involved with our advocacy campaign to protect federal support for the arts and culture.

We have a narrow window of time before the President officially releases his first budget in March/April. An important talking point that we have to work with is the federal government’s latest economic numbers on the arts and culture industry since the President has declared a focus on keeping and creating jobs in America.

This month, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released updated economic numbers on how the arts has grown to a $730 billion industry. This represents 4.2 percent of the nation’s GDP—a larger share of the economy than transportation, tourism, and agriculture—and directly employs 4.8 million people.

The National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities are the largest and most important national funders of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in America, leveraging up to 9 to 1 matches that help fuel a dynamic cultural economy and generate millions of American jobs.

If you’re pro-jobs, then you’re pro-arts too.

Here are some helpful resources to help you make your case:

Over 24,000 people and organizations (check out the list) have signed our national petition to President Donald Trump to continue funding the NEA. Our goal is 100,000 by March 21st. If you have not yet signed, please add your name here.

Want to bring your passion for arts advocacy, in person, to Washington, D.C.? Register for the Arts Advocacy Day conference on Capitol Hill on March 20-21, 2017.


Senators Request Support for the Arts and Humanities in Letter to President Trump

A bipartisan group of 24 U.S. Senators have signed on in support of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).