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URGENT! MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD FOR OUR CULTURAL VENUES BEFORE TUESDAY.

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URGENT! MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD FOR OUR CULTURAL VENUES BEFORE TUESDAY.

As you may have heard the Oregon Legislature is meeting this week in both an Emergency Board session and a special session. We need your voice.

Our colleagues have been working hard to convince our policymakers to allocate federal CARES dollars to keep our performing arts and culture venues open. We call this “life support for venues” (with thanks to Jim Brunberg!). Led by Representative Rob Nosse and the Independent Venue Coalition, this effort makes it clear that funding nonprofits and small businesses is critical to Oregon’s COVID-19 recovery. We must be at the table for economic support if we are to recover.

The time is now! The Emergency Board will vote on Tuesday to make this allocation.

Please let members of the Emergency Board know how important this investment is to your communities and to Oregonians

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Action Alert: Artists and Art Lovers, write your Congressmen about this important vote on funding for the NEA & NEH

Last week, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee passed the Interior Appropriations bill, which proposes to fund the both the NEH and the NEA at $135 million each for FY 2012. This represents a 40 million dollar cut and, if enacted, would be the deepest cut to both agencies in 16 years. Now, this legislation heads to the next step in the funding process, the House floor, where it could face amendments to increase the cut even further. Please take two minutes to send a message to your member of Congress and tell them to reject further attempts to reduce NEH and NEA funding.

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House Committee to Vote on Termination of Arts Education Program

The House Education & Workforce Committee has just scheduled a meeting on Wednesday morning to vote on legislation that would terminate the Arts in Education program at the U.S. Department of Education. Last month you might recall that vigorous grassroots advocacy successfully rescued the Arts in Education program and helped secure a $25 million budget for arts programs across the country.

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