Right now, Congress is considering a drastic cut of 49% to the funding of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This proposal would bring the NEA’s funding to a level not seen in almost 40 years - and that is completely unacceptable.
Without a fully funded budget, the NEA will be forced to drastically scale back their grant-making. These disproportionate cuts of $71 million are short-sighted and will ultimately be devastating when combined with the additional loss of $639 million in potential matching funds for the arts. Communities rely on NEA grants to leverage additional support for the arts, generate local economic activity, and fuel innovation. Through the relatively small investments made by Congress, NEA is making possible extraordinary things all across the country, including seeding new jobs in the creative economy.
Over 18 million kids in every single state benefitted from the ripple effect of the NEA’s investment in just the last year. These grants create a lasting impact by inspiring kids across the country, regardless of socio-economic status, to think of music and art as relevant to their own lives. We also know that a strong arts education can lead to a brighter future, by helping students score as much as 100 points higher on their SATs.
Stand with us as we protect this important educational and economic investment in our country, by telling Congress that cutting funding to the NEA is not an option. Now is the time to make sure that they hear our voice and protect the arts in America. Add your name and make a difference in the lives of all Americans.
The arts are a crucial part of who we are as a people and as a nation. The grants that the NEA gives enrich our lives, schools, communities, and economies across the country - and these cuts would severely impact many of the communities in our state.
Right now, funding for the NEA makes up a miniscule portion of the United States’ budget. In fact, only 47 cents are spent per capita each year. Yet with this small amount of funding, year after year the NEA has continued to make a positive impact on the lives of more than 75 million Americans.
I stand with Americans for the Arts Action Fund in urging you to put the NEA on a positive path forward with funding of $154.5 million next year, as recommended by the bipartisan leaders of the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee.