Join countless others who understand the unquestionable value of the arts to our lives, our communities, and our society, in taking a firm stand against the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and other federal agencies that provide critical support to the cultural richness of our nation.
The budget proposal released by the Trump administration includes more than $54 billion in cuts to domestic programs, including the elimination of funding for the NEA, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
Thousands of cultural organizations in every state in our country--from rural areas with scant access to the arts, to our urban centers--depend on these federal agencies for core support which they can leverage to build sustainable long-term funding.
The arts and humanities are not simply entertainment, and they are not luxuries. They are essential to our well-being as individuals and to our identity as a nation, and eliminating these agencies, which bring so much to our culture, our economy, and our society, would be a grave mistake.
Winston Churchill said it best: "“The arts are essential to any complete national life. The State owes it to itself to sustain and encourage them….Ill fares the (society) which fails to salute the arts with the reverence and delight which are their due.”